Pistons Were Busy During Draft Week
Well, new Detroit Pistons general manager Troy Weaver was "extremely active" to say the least during his first NBA Draft earlier this week.
The Pistons entered Wednesday's Draft with only one pick, the 7th overall in the first round. They selected point guard Killian Hayes of France with that selection.
But then the fun began, the Pistons sent a protected future 1st round pick to the Houston Rockets for their first-round pick (16th Overall). That turned out to be University of Washington center Isaiah Stewart. They also got veteran guard/forward Trevor Ariza in the deal. And they sent a 2021 2nd round pick to the Rockets for $4.6 million.
Then, Detroit sent "future considerations" to the Utah Jazz for the 38th overall pick, Vanderbilt's Saben Lee. They also got forward Tony Bradley in the deal.
As if that wasn't enough, the team moved guards Tony Snell and Khyri Thomas to the Atlanta Hawks for center DeWayne Dedmon.
And the coup de grace, they were in on a major three-team deal with the Los Angeles Clippers and the Brooklyn Nets. Here we go:
The Pistons sent guard Luke Kennard and forward Justin Patton to the Clippers for guard Rodney McGruder and four future second-round picks (2023-26). They also sent guard Bruce Brown for the 19th pick in the 1st round (Villanova's Saddiq Bey), forward Dazanen Musa, the draft right to guard Jaylen Hands, and a 2021 2nd round pick.
You got all that? And finally, the team released guard Jordan Bone (their 2nd round pick last year). And they did not give a qualifying offer to center Thon Maker, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Five trades, 11 players, and 10 draft choices changed hands in the last week. And the thing is, who knows if any of this is going to work.
And the real bottom line: Do you even care?