Pistons Stay Put at Trade Deadline
3:00 P.M. came and went on Thursday and while a few NBA teams were wheeling and dealing in the days prior to the trade deadline, the Pistons opted to hold their cards tight and move on.
The Pistons currently hold the #8 seed in the NBA's Eastern Conference despite a losing record (27-30) on the year. Last season they broke a seven-year playoff drought by making the postseason as the eight-seed before being bounced quickly by eventual champion Cleveland.
Among the names rumored to be on the block for Detroit were Reggie Jackson, Andre Drummond and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Jackson has been struggling to find his form that made him a monster late in games from last season after a knee injury set him back early in this season's campaign. Both backup point guards on the bench currently have better assist to turnover numbers on the year.
Andre Drummond is easily the crown jewel the Pistons are planning on building around but teams like Toronto and New York were rumored to have some interest in acquiring the NBA's leading rebounder. His max contract isn't easy to stomach for most teams.
Caldwell-Pope will be owed a lot of money at the end of this season when his contract expires. His qualifying offer is listed around $5 million a year according to hoopshype but the money he'll be able to command as a free agent might've taken Detroit out of the future plans. However, either there were no worthy suitors or the Pistons maybe think they can retain him beyond this season because KCP remains a Piston.
Detroit currently has the third highest payroll in the NBA.