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Detroit Pistons Push For Deandre Ayton Less Likely After Team Got Key Players From 2022 NBA Draft

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Phoenix Suns Are 'Increasingly Expected' To Seriously Engage In Sign-And-Trade Talks Involving Deandre Ayton

Deandre Ayton is without a doubt one of the best centers in the league. He is a two-way force, possessing elite rim protection ability as well as great interior scoring. Over the course of the playoffs, Deandre Ayton put up 17.9 PPG, 8.9 RPG, and 1.7 APG while shooting 64.0% from the field.

Even though he is extremely talented, there have been some rumors that the Phoenix Suns would be willing to let Deandre Ayton go in a sign and trade. A team that he has often been linked to is the Detroit Pistons.

Recently, however, Pistons insider James L. Edwards III of The Athletic has revealed that the Detroit Pistons making "a serious run" at Ayton "appears less likely" after the Pistons managed to draft Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren.

However, while all signs have pointed to Detroit making a serious run at Phoenix's Deandre Ayton over the last few days, that appears less likely after the Pistons walked away with two of the players highest on the organization's big board. Per sources, Detroit is eager to continue to build back toward playoff contention with the aforementioned young core, and the Pistons are expected to use the majority of their remaining cap space to add multiple veteran pieces rather than just one big swing this offseason, per sources.

For the last 48 hours, it appeared that landing Ayton would be Plan A for Detroit. Acquiring the additional $20 million in cap space created an opportunity for the Pistons to put the fear into any team with a blue-chip restricted free agent. In all actuality, though, the events on Thursday signal the Ayton route being Plan B. Plan A manifested in Brooklyn, when Ivey unexpectedly slid to the Pistons and they found a way to get back into the lottery to add Duren. Per sources, this was the best-case scenario.

There is no doubt that the Detroit Pistons are trying to develop their own players and make a team for the future. Deandre Ayton could have definitely matched up with their timeline, but it seems as though there is less of a need for him now.

Hopefully, the Detroit Pistons can become a powerhouse sooner rather than later. They have a very promising core, and perhaps Cade Cunningham can become that superstar that leads them back into contention.