Pistons Trade Proposal Lands $90M Wing From Wizards

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At some point, every team in the NBA will need to rebuild. Still, any rebuilding team’s goal is to stop rebuilding eventually. They hope to assemble a group that can contend for the NBA title. 

That’s what the Washington Wizards are building towards. When they traded Bradley Beal in the summer, they signaled their intentions. The Wizards know it will take time, but they’re trying to build a contender from the ground up. 

At this point, it’s fair to wonder whether the Detroit Pistons will accomplish that goal. This team has been rebuilding for too long. We typically preach patience for rebuilding teams, but Detroit may do something drastic and make a win-now trade. Could they acquire Kyle Kuzma from the Wizards? 

NBA Trade Proposal 

Washington Wizards Receive: G/F Joe Harris, G Killian Hayes, 2026 First-Round Pick (DET) 

Detroit Pistons Receive: F Kyle Kuzma 

With that said, this rebuild was long overdue for the Wizards. They’re not coming off of an extended run of title contention. For years, the Wizards were stuck on the NBA’s dreaded “mediocrity treadmill”. 

In all likelihood, the Wizards were in the playoff hunt in a given season. They were never title contenders. This team had some success with a backcourt featuring John Wall and Beal. Once injuries derailed Wall’s career, the Wizards fell apart. 

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Arguably, they took too long to recognize it. The return that they got for Beal this summer was underwhelming – they should have moved him sooner. Still, give the Wizards credit for recognizing the need to rebuild. Should they move Kuzma next? 

Why The Washington Wizards Do The Deal 

Yes. It’s being reported that the Wizards like Kuzma. As they should – he’s a good player. Still, keeping him on their books doesn’t serve their long-term interests. 

By contrast, acquiring a first-round pick does. That’s what the Wizards should be focused on. This organization needs to prioritize acquiring assets above all else. 

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Taking a flyer on Hayes doesn’t hurt either. He’s a flawed player – Hayes struggles to create in the half-court – but he’s still a smart passer and a solid defender. Throw in Harris’ expiring deal, and this trade makes sense for Washington. What about the Pistons? 

Why The Detroit Pistons Do The Deal 

Frankly, the Pistons probably shouldn’t do this. They should probably acknowledge their place at the bottom of the NBA’s standings. The smarter move for Detroit would be to move their veterans, draft another lottery pick, and hope their young core gels next year. 

At the same time, their alleged impatience is understandable. The Pistons have been suffering for a long time. If they wanted to make a win-now splash at the deadline, it would be justifiable whether it’s the right move or not. 

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At least Kuzma fits this roster. He does a bit of everything. Kuzma will give the Pistons an injection of shot creation and playmaking while strengthening their defense. Who knows? He could even help them stop rebuilding. 

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