The Pistons had a great night that included taking Memphis big man Jalen Duren
The 2022 NBA Draft was one of the wildest in recent memory
with a number of surprises at the top.
allowing the Detroit Pistons to scoop him up with the No. 5 overall pick.
Later in the night, the Pistons agreed to a trade
with the New York Knicks in which they acquired the No. 13 overall pick
In the span of less than an hour, the Pistons acquired two of the most athletic players in the draft
transformed the franchise. In the span of less than an hour, the Pistons acquired two of the most athletic players in the draft and transformed the franchise.
As one of the draft's biggest winners, the Pistons
successfully set the franchise up for a potential return to prominence years down the road.
Earlier this month, reports indicated that the Pistons were going to use the cap space
created by the Jerami Grant trade to make a run at Deandre Ayton.
the Pistons have changed course, according to James L. Edwards III.
Per sources, Detroit is eager to continue to build back
toward playoff contention with the aforementioned young core
For the last 48 hours, it appeared that landing Ayton would be Plan A for Detroit.
Per sources, this was the best-case scenario.
With Duren added to a frontcourt that already includes Isaiah Stewart
Now that the Pistons have essentially bowed out of the Ayton sweepstakes
Of course, sign-and-trades are always a possibility, but those are much harder to predict.
Despite whatever friction still exists between Ayton & the Suns, he may just
wind up back in Phoenix given the circumstances this summer.