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2020 Trade Targets for Detroit Pistons – Draymond Green and More
The Detroit Pistons are in position to do a lot of things going into next year. One of them could be to lose a ton of games.
They also could completely rebuild their roster in a very short amount of time. With as many as nine players bolting in free agency, the team could either try one more time to build around Blake Griffin or completely blow up their roster.
Logic demands the latter, but it’s always best to consider all avenues. To try to gauge how things could unfold from here, let’s eye the top trade targets for the Detroit Pistons in 2020.
Dennis Smith Jr., PG, Knicks
When considering trade targets for the Detroit Pistons in 2020, we need to consider Detroit’s potential rebuilding process. Part of it will likely just be growing from within, so there is a strategy that exists that really doesn’t see them shedding many salaries.
It probably won’t lead to much winning, but they could try that and also pry a potential point guard of the future from someone like the Knicks.
New York has too many bodies at the lead guard spot and only handed Dennis Smith Jr. 15 minutes per game last year. The 22-year-old still has upside, and the Pistons probably wouldn’t have to give up much to get him.
Malik Monk, SG, Hornets
Another trade target for the Pistons could be Malik Monk. Whether Detroit is a big believer in Luke Kennard or not, they don’t have a go-to scorer they can trust beyond Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose right now.
Monk may never be that guy, but he certainly flashed that ability at times with the Hornets. With Charlotte at least temporarily set at both guard spots, shopping Monk makes plenty of sense.
Detroit could come calling, as Monk has the ability to effectively play either guard spot and offers loads of upside. Either of these deals could demand any of Derrick Rose, Luke Kennard, Jordan McRae, or Bruce Brown in prospective packages.
Draymond Green, PF, Warriors
Is there a big trade the Pistons could make? Perhaps, and if so, this could be a dream trade. Green has regressed in his role with Golden State, and a return home to the state he played college ball in could make perfect sense.
In all honesty, I do have concerns Green will never be nearly as effective anywhere else as he is in his current role with the Dubs, but this could still happen.
Blake Griffin is Detroit’s only current route to a major change, as he soaks up so much cash and is their biggest star by a mile. He could bring in Green and Andrew Wiggins, while he and Derrick Rose go chase a title with the Warriors.
Rose would give Golden State the bench spark they’ve been lacking, while Griffin (if healthy) potentially gives the Dubs a better version of Green.
Green could prove he can succeed outside of the Golden State bubble, while Andrew Wiggins could always realize his potential as the new face of the Pistons.
Russell Westbrook, PG, Rockets
This isn’t what Russ would want, but if things don’t go as planned in Houston, the impatient Rockets could swing yet another bold trade.
Westbrook and James Harden seemed to figure it out as time went on, but without a deep playoff run, Houston may be faced with another tough offseason.
If so, Westbrook could be dangled in trade talks. A deal for Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose works financially, and it could arguably upgrade Houston as a whole.
Rose could head back to the starting lineup, or Harden could take back the controls of the offense and push Rose to the bench as an electric spark. Griffin could take P.J. Tucker’s role and man the five and overall strengthen Houston’s starting five.
Detroit, meanwhile, gets an elite building block to try to turn things around immediately. They could then retain Christian Wood and hope the likes of Kennard, McRae, and Sekou Doumboya could develop quickly en route to a playoff trip.
Who Will the Pistons Trade for in 2020?
It is really tough to predict who the Pistons will trade for next season because nothing really big can happen unless someone takes on Blake Griffin’s contract.
A healthy Griffin can still be quite effective, but he costs a ton of money, and few teams will value him enough to pull the trigger.
Ultimately, the Pistons probably won’t be able to dump him just yet. Instead, they’ll hope to hold onto Christian Wood, use their lottery pick on the best player available, and grow their roster from within.