This past offseason, the Detroit Pistons made some key free agent signings in Jerami Grant, Josh Jackson and Mason Plumlee and so far through about the first two months of the season, the Pistons’ front office looks like geniuses. All three guys have had terrific starts to the season, but Grant could be on track to be an NBA All-Star this year.
While the Pistons have struggled and look like one of the worst teams in the NBA, as they are currently 3-13 and have the worst record in the league, Jerami Grant has been an absolute stud, averaging about 24.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and shooting 44.3% from the floor and 38.2%. While his field goal percentage may not seem that great, seeing as he is taking close to 19 shots per game on average, that is really solid.
Not only has Grant played in every game for Detroit this year, but in 14 of their 16 games, Grant has scored 20+ points and has scored 30+ points three times. Right now, he is in a close battle with Christian Wood for the Most Improved Player Award and by the end of the season, there is no doubt that Grant will be one of the finalists for the award.
With Jerami Grant being the future of this organization with some of their key young players in Killian Hayes, Saddiq Bey, Isaiah Stewart and Svi Mykhailiuk, the Pistons have a chance to be a really good team moving forward, but they are going to have to be aggressive not only in trying to free up cap space, but going out and trying to land some big name players to play alongside Grant.
Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose are two veteran players taking up close to $45M in cap space this year and are two guys who could be on the move come trade deadline. Rose is in the final year of his contract and Griffin has a player option that he will most likely opt into at the conclusion of the year. If Detroit can move both of these contracts, they will be in a great position heading into the offseason.
However, there are some players around the NBA that could be of interest for the Pistons this year and moving forward. This team needs to try and do everything they can to bring in high-level talent, which is why they may look to trade for one or two well-known names near the trade deadline.
Let’s take a look at three future trade targets for the Detroit Pistons to consider not just at the NBA trade deadline, but at the conclusion of the 2020-21 NBA season.