The 2020 NBA Draft is less than a month away (Nov. 18) and as you probably know, the Detroit Pistons currently hold the No. 7 overall pick in the 1st round.
There has been plenty of speculation about potential trades that could go down between now until (and even throughout) the NBA Draft and the Pistons have been one team that has been mentioned quite a bit.
In a piece recently published in the Detroit Free Press, Omari Sankofa II (who is awesome) suggested a trade that would land the Pistons with an additional pick in the opening round.
That trade would send Luke Kennard to the Dallas Mavericks for Delon Wright, Justin Jackson, and the No. 18 overall pick in the 1st round.
Here is part of what Sankofa had to say about the potential deal.
Similar to the Pelicans, the Mavs don’t necessarily need to make a trade this offseason. Their offense, led by rising superstar Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, scored 116.7 points per 100 possessions last season, the best mark in NBA history. Depending on their priorities, keeping their trade chips could be the smartest plan.
Yet, they’re ahead of schedule in their rebuild timeline. They were one of the NBA’s bigger surprises last year, qualifying for a seventh seed in a deep, competitive Western Conference playoff race. By trading for Kennard, they would add another shooter and secondary ball-handler that could become a long-term piece. With Tim Hardaway Jr. potentially entering unrestricted free agency next summer — assuming he picks up his $19 million player option for 2021 — Kennard fills a present and future need.
Nation, if this deal was on the table, would you take it if you were Pistons’ general manager, Troy Weaver?