Asking prices set for Pistons’ trade options

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Detroit Pistons
Feb 6, 2017; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Marcus Morris (13) high fives center Andre Drummond (0) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

With the NBA trade deadline approaching, the Detroit Pistons are fielding plenty of offers for Andre Drummond, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Reggie Jackson. It’s quite evident the team’s front office doesn’t want to stand still, but they won’t settle on their asking price for their franchise pieces. Caldwell-Pope has received the majority of interest from the league. Considering his expiring deal becoming a restricted free agent this off-season, he becomes more attractive than Drummond and Jackson because of their max contracts. Detroit rejected the Philadelphia 76ers offer which included forward Jahlil Okafor and the possibility of including a third team.

Drummond has also popped up as one of the most intriguing trade options as well. The Pistons reportedly offered their big man for superstar DeMarcus Cousins before he was dealt away to the New Orleans Pelicans. Detroit has also engaged in trade discussions with hopes for All Star talent in return. The front office has spoken with the Portland Trailblazers attempting to exchange Drummond for either Damian Lillard or C.J. McCollum.

Reggie Jackson also isn’t coming at a cheap price with Detroit looking for valuable picks and players in return. He’s been mentioned in confirmed discussions with the Orlando Magic and the Minnesota Timberwolves, but no transaction has occurred yet. President of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy is driving a hard bargain for his focal point players. He has a proven track record in terms of trades during his time in Detroit. From quality deals bringing in Marcus Morris from Phoenix, or acquiring Tobias Harris from Orlando, he has earned the trust to move at his pace.