Detroit Pistons: 5 Potential Trade Targets

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Detroit Pistons: 5 Potential Trade Targets
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The Detroit Pistons are a pretty easy team to figure out.

They have a very good big man who is capable of a double-double, a very explosive young guard in Brandon Knight and a high-energy guy in Jonas Jerebko.

They don't have a lot of athleticism amongst their swing men, a strong interior defense, or depth up front.

Their perimeter defense does not lack for effort, just for talent. This makes defending aggressive, and attacking guards a daily challenge.

If I were an opposing coach, I would do two things to prepare my team for Detroit.

First, I would attack Greg Monroe on the offensive end every time down the court and force him into foul trouble. Without Monroe, this team appears lost.

Second, I would encourage my guards to run in transition and attack the lane. The Pistons don't appear to be able to stop penetration, and their lack of athleticism makes their transition defense laughable.

As I have said on many occasions, this is an incomplete roster. They have some talent, but they are still a few players away from being playoff contenders.

So what is to be done?

There are two conflicting theories on this team.

The first theory is that this team is built purposely to fail, ensuring that the team gets a high lottery pick in what is sure to be an incredibly deep draft this summer.

The second theory is that team president Joe Dumars really thinks his team in on the right path, and is currently exploring deals to make his team more competitive.

The argument against the first theory can be seen in how hard this team is playing. Sure, they are routinely getting their butts kicked, but it is not for a lack of effort.

Dumars needs to be applauded for bringing in some players that exude professionalism after last year's disaster.

Dumars deserves a ton of blame, and I will get to that. But bringing in guys like Jonas Jerebko, Monroe, Knight and Damien Wilkins points to a renewed commitment to professional, hard-working basketball of which Detroit can be proud.

This leads to the second theory. Dumars moves this off-season poke a few holes in this notion, but a recent three-team trade involving Marresse Speights points to this theory having some legs to it.

Sure, the Pistons did not land the big man, but according to Detroit Free Press reporter Vince Ellis, Detroit had discussions involving Speights.

According to Ellis, the Pistons did not want to include draft picks and Philadelphia didn't want players back.

This points to both theories being somewhat sound. Dumars wants to stockpile draft picks for this year's draft, but he also wants to add to his current team.

With that being said, here are a few players that Detroit should target before the trade deadline.

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