Zach Lowe of ESPN has re-ignited Detroit Pistons trade rumors involving Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson.
Inside the angsty Pistons as a pivotal trade deadline approaches: https://t.co/9kUkm796DF
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) February 15, 2017
According to unnamed “sources around the league”, Lowe reported that Detroit has been quietly looking into what they could get in return for their two biggest players.
“Detroit has quietly explored the trade market for each of its franchise centerpieces, according to sources across the league, and come away disappointed with the potential return. (Van Gundy himself has said anyone is available for “the right price.”)”
The Pistons have lacked the consistency they enjoyed last season which propelled them to their first playoff appearance since 2009. Van Gundy was blunt about his team’s play since Jackson returned from injury earlier in the season.
“Reggie came back,” Van Gundy said, “and we’ve struggled ever since.”
“Any Drummond deal at the deadline is an extreme long shot, but Jackson remains in play for Minnesota, Orlando, New Orleans, or some mystery destination. Even if Detroit keeps him, missing the playoffs would put dramatic changes on the table this summer.”
Despite everything, Lowe said that the likelihood that Detroit actually pulls off one of these major moves isn’t very likely – at least for now.
“The Pistons will likely hold off on any major moves until the draft. They aren’t in severe distress; they’re a .500-ish team in the playoff hunt, with a young roster that can still grow. They regard the playoffs as a must; they won’t make any move that amounts to a huge in-season downgrade.”
What do you think? Should the Pistons look to move Drummond or Jackson?