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The Perfect Trade for the Pistons?

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As the Pistons close in on the halfway point of year 3 in the Troy Weaver lead restoration, the results in the win/loss column have not been good, but the collection of young talent he has assembled is impressive. With Killian Hayes looking likes he's turned the corner on becoming a productive NBA player, Weaver has pretty much went 6 for 6 in the draft since taking over. Detroit's young core of Cade, Ivey, Duren, Bey, Stewart, Hayes and Bagley are all 23 years old or under and are only going to get better. Next years draft could lead to the biggest prize of all Victor Wembanyama if the ping pong balls bounce the Pistons way once again. Currently the two things the Pistons are lacking in their group of young players is a true PF who can score, defend the paint, and protect the rim along with a wing who can consistetly hit three pointers, play solid D, and not make a bunch of turnovers. Last night when I was playing around on the trade machine I came up with a highly plausible

5 reasons I believe Saddiq Bey will be traded to ATL for John Collins

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1. Bey lost his job in the starting lineup which leads to some questions. With Bojan around will Saddiq be happy coming off the bench for the next 2 seasons? Will the Pistons be willing to pay what it will take to sign Bey to an extension when he is eligible next year? On a sneaky side note with the way Kevin Knox has been playing the Pistons may want to open up a rotation spot for him to see if the progress he has shown is sustainable. Moving on from Bey would make that a lot easier to accomplish 2. With his size, rebounding skills, and ability to shoot from 3 to help stretch the floor (has slightly higher career 3p% then Bey) Collins fit at PF next to the 6'7" Bojan and either Duren or Bagley at C would be excellent, This trade would also give the Pistons the ability to play Stewart at PF with either Bagley or Duren (whoever doesn't start) on the second unit. 3. At 25 years of age, Collins fits right in with the Pistons young core. 4. The Pistons are one of

Could moving Jaden Ivey to a 6th man role be the best move for the Pistons once everyone is healthy?

With the Pistons soon to get Alec Burks and Marvin Bagley back from injuries the team will likely need to make some changes to both starting lineup and the 2nd unit. While most articles I have read believe it will come down to either Saddiq Bey or Bojan Bogdanovic heading to the bench so the team can start both Bagley and Isaiah Stewart up front to give the Pistons more size, I have a different idea. To me the best thing to do is move Ivey to a 6th man role (where he would still get around 30 minutes a game & be in the closing lineups if/when needed), go with a starting 5 of Bagely/Stewart/Bojan/Bey/Cunningham, and shorten the primary rotation to 9 players. DEPTH CHART PG: Cade/Ivey/Hayes/Cojo SG: Bey/Ivey/Burks/Hami SF: Bojan/Burks/Livers/Hami PF: Stewart/Livers/Knox C: Bagely/Duren/Noel I posted this potential starting lineup and depth chart on Twitter and immediately had people asking why I would remove Ivey from the starting lineup. Here are 3 reasons why. 1.

The Pistons should strike while Lakers are desperate

The Lakers are off to a 0-3 start and have major issues developing. Russell Westbrook continues to be a problem and the teams 3 point shooting is off to a histroically bad start. Could a trade with the Pistons save their season before it spirals out of control? Of course the Lakers would have to make it well worth Troy Weavers while to eat Westbrooks contract. The big question...Is Lakers GM Rob Pelinka desperate enough to give Troy what he wants? This trade idea likely will not be popular with Pistons fans hoping to see the team fight for a playoff or play in spot this season, but it could pay huge dividends to both the short and long term future of the team. THE TRADE Lakers get: Bojan Bogdanovich, Alec Burks, Nerlens Noel Pistons get: Russell Westbrook, Lakers 2027 & 2029 unprotected #1 picks. WHY IT WORKS FOR THE LAKERS 1. Adding Bojan and Burks to the starting lineup would instantly help solve the Lakers 3pt shooting woes while providing better spacing for Lebron

Pistons fans should not get their hopes up too high for Free Agency

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With the Pistons staying fairly quiet at the trade deadline and the teams goal to keep their draft lottery odds as high as possible fans are already starting to look forward to the 2022-23 season. One of the things that has many excited for the offseason is recent reports that Detroit will have more cap space avaialble then any other team in the NBA at $34 million. That $34M has people dreaming of seeing Miles Bridges, DeAndre Ayton or Jalen Brunson in Pistons blue next year. Unfortunately when you take a closer look inside the numbers and factor in cap holds for a likely top 5 pick ($8-10M) and on new acquisition Marvin Bagley III ($28.3M) the Pistons will actually be over the salary cap for next season. Here is a breakdown of the Pistons 2022/2023 Financial Outlook Acquiring Bagley really put a dent into the Pistons offseason options and makes it almost certain that they plan on him being part of the teams future. If the Pistons make Bagley a qualifying offer, he would b

Did the Knicks trade for Cam Reddish to help land Jerami Grant from the Pistons?

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From the moment the Cam Reddish to the Knicks trade was announced it did not make much sense to me. The Knicks already had three veterans in Evan Fournier, Alec Burks and RJ Barrett battling for playing time at the wing spots. Plus they are having trouble finding signifigant playing time for their recent #1 picks Obi Toppin, Immanuel Quickly and Quentin Grimes. Now they are going to add Reddish into that mix? Cam wasn't happy getting nearly 24 minutes per game with the Hawks, and IMO he's going to be hard pressed to find that many minutes on this current Knicks roster. The Knicks are well known to be one of the suitors for Jerami Grant. Most of the trade proposals you see floating around on the internet usually included a protected #1 pick, Obi Toppin, Kevin Knox and one of the Knicks mid priced vets (Noel, Walker, Burks). Meanwhile The Pistons were reportedly interested in Cam Reddish but did not have a #1 pick available they could trade for him. This is where my mind star

2 trades I'd like to see the Pistons make on 12/15

The Pistons continue to struggle but changes may be on the way. As most of you know by now, December 15th is the first day players that were signed as free agents in the offseason can be traded. With that in mind there are 2 trades that I would love to see Troy Weaver make once that day arrives. TRADE 1: DET trades Cory Joseph to TOR for Chris Boucher Why TOR might be interested. The Raptors are in a need of a backup PG and are loaded with big man depth, When all their bigs are healthy Boucher seems to be the odd man out. Joseph is also a Canadian Olympian and hometown favorite which could help the Pistons cause. The Pistons desperately need some big man depth and Boucher would get an instant opportunity to earn a roatation spot while Olynyk is out. Boucher thrived last season when given a regular rotation spot but the additions of Scotty Barnes, Precious Achiuwa and Kheem Birch this year has majorly cut into his playing time. This trade would also free up the backup PG job for S