#2: Pistons trade with the Bulls for Zach LaVine
If the Detroit Pistons are going to get nuts and include one of their young players, then they should ask for more from the Chicago Bulls.
In this trade, the Bulls also send veteran forward Torrey Craig, who is a favorite of coach Monty Williams and the type of 3-and-D forward the Pistons could use on a lowball deal that extends through next season. Would this be enough to include Ivey?
The Pistons could also ask for forward Patrick Williams, who was a pre-draft favorite of Troy Weaver and has been playing better of late, with his 3-point percentage just under 40 percent.
Giving up on Ivey would sting, but LaVine is arguably a better fit and is certainly a better player at this stage in their respective careers, when healthy, which is always the caveat with LaVine.
It would give the Pistons a depth chart that looked like this, which is closer to the balance they need and would set them up to add better role players in the summer:
-Cade Cunningham/Monte Morris
-Zach LaVine/Alec Burks/Marcus Sasser
-Bojan Bogdanovic/Ausar Thompson
-Isaiah Stewart/Torrey Craig
-Jalen Duren/Mike Muscala
This team still has flaws but is better balanced than the current roster and has better shooting and defense in both units.
It may be a moot point if the Pistons and Bulls can't find common ground, as Detroit would love to add LaVine if the price is right and Chicago has to decide if getting off his contract is worth giving up a former All-Star for a meager return.