With the San Antonio Spurs reeling, speculation has risen about the future of their two stars, LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan. In regards to the latter, we know a number of teams . have already begun showing interest in a possible deal.
Could the Pistons join that pursuit?
Like San Antonio, the Pistons have been struggling to keep their heads above water this season and, according to Duncan Smith of Forbes, it could lead them to make a deal for one of the NBA’s most talented guards.
“A starting lineup featuring DeMar DeRozan could actually provide a reasonable amount of shooting, even though it’s basically a solved equation that he won’t expand his range,” Smith wrote.
“Whether he starts alongside Luke Kennard, Langston Galloway, Tony Snell or even the blossoming Bruce Brown, that unit could find itself with at least two (if not three) perimeter threats. DeRozan’s ability to make tough baskets and get to the free throw line would be a benefit when the Pistons find themselves in their typical scoring lulls. He could also play heavy minutes in one-starter-plus-bench lineups, although his fit with Derrick Rose isn’t great.”
To acquire DeRozan, Smith suggested that the Pistons could offer a trade package including Reggie Jackson, Thon Maker, and Khyri Thomas. While not the most impressive names, it gives the Spurs cap relief and includes some promising young prospects and a border-line All-Star in Reggie Jackson, who could help lead the team through a rebuild.
Of course, a Big 3 of Drummond, Griffin, and DeRozan doesn’t come without questions. How do they fit together? Who will take perimeter shots? Is it enough to overtake the other East alphas?
It may seem like a long shot now, but expect both teams to be active in the trade market in the weeks and months to come.