The Detroit Pistons have had a very entertaining month of February, where they parted ways with three players in a nonconvincing way. That wouldn’t be bad as teams do that all the time to improve their ranks. The thing is that they did very questionable moves that didn’t make any improvement to their current roster.
They shipped Andre Drummond to the Cleveland Cavaliers before the trade deadline past Feb. 6 before buying out Reggie Jackson, who signed with the Los Angeles Clippers, and Markieff Morris, the latest addition to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Detroit acquired Brandon Knight, John Henson, and a 2023 second-round pick in exchange for Drummond months after the team owner, Tom Gores, stated he wouldn’t trade the big man.
“We know how dedicated we are to each other,” he said in October. “I’ve said it many times: He’s very underrated in a lot of ways for what he does, and culturally he’s been so good for this team, just in terms of his attitude, and just watching him really grow up. I met him when he was 18.”
To make things worse, Knight, Henson and that second-round pick are the only things they could get for these three players. They bought out Jackson and Morris, who went to join the two favorite teams to compete for the West this season.
Detroit hasn’t been a relevant organization in the last decade, making more than questionable moves almost every season and these moves are another proof of that.
Even though Jackson wasn’t the most elite player of all, he did have teams looking for his services.
They need to rebuild, that’s a fact, but they still have Blake Griffin and his hefty contract as part of their books. If they needed a new start, Detroit surely picked the wrong path to do so.