Monday, November 15, 2021

Finding a quick replacement for Kelly Olynyk

The Pistons suffered a big blow when they lost PF/C Kelly Olynyk to a knee injury. Olynyk is expected to be out at last 6 weeks, and the team sorely lacks the depth up front to make up for his loss. Due to trade restrictions placed on recently signed players the Pistons are very limited on who they could offer up in a trade to find his replacement. The only PIstons players eligible to be traded before 12/15 are Grant, Stewart, Bey, Hayes, Cunningham, J Jackson, Garza & Livers. Out of that list the only 2 I could see Detroit being willing to move is Josh Jackson and possibly Isaiah Livers (for salary purposes). One other option would be to relaase a low cost, little used player (Like Rodney McGruder) and sign one of the avaialble Free Agents

Bigs who could be avaialble via trade and fit into Josh Jackson $5M salary slot (would need to have a salary between $2.8-$8.8M)

JayMykal Green - DEN: With all the injuries the Nuggets have been suffering Green may not be considered available.

Chris Bourcher - TOR: Played great for TOR last year but the additions of Achiuwa, Birch & Barnes left him with a diminished role.

Juancho Hernangomez - BOS: Has barely played in Boston this season but was strong with the Twolves last year

Jaxson Hayes - NO: Has some pending legal issues and is battling Willie Hernangomez for back up minutes in New Orleans

Jaylon Smith - PHX: Recent top 10 pick has barely seen the floor in his 2 years in the desert.

Willie Cauley-Stein: DAL: Not playing much in Dallas now that Porzingas is back from injury

Top Bigs avaialble on the FA market

Boogie Cousins - Would give DET some scoring puch off the bench, but defense is not a big part of his game

Jahlil Okafor - He knows the players, he knows the staff, he knows the system.

Harry Giles - My personal choice if the Pistons go this route. Big energy, high flyer, solid defender.

Bismak Biyombo - Veteran big would give us a solid defender in the paint

Marquese Chriss - Looked like he had found a home in GS a few years back, but a major injury has derailed his carrer.

Ersayn Illysova- This former Piston still has a sweet 3 point stroke and helped the Bucks win a title last season.

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