Deandre Ayton free agency rumors: Pistons no longer expected to pursue big man after successful 2022 NBA Draft

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.