The Detroit Pistons have entered the offseason in a similar position to where they have been each of the past few years.
They are a team that is still a ways away from contention, let alone the playoffs.
That being said, there is room for optimism in Detroit. They have a young squad that is brimming with talent. They also have a mid-lottery pick in this June's draft, and they have in the neighborhood of $20 million to spend in the open market.
There is, however, another avenue that the Pistons must explore.
The NBA is about to embark on a new path. The luxury tax that governs the payrolls of NBA squads finally has some legitimate teeth to it, and teams are finally scared to go too far above and beyond the salary cap.
As a result, there are going to be players becoming available that wouldn't typically become available.
This season, we already saw the ramifications of this new reality in the Rudy Gay and James Harden trades.
For teams without big-name, big-money owners, there is certainly going to be a desire to start unloading expensive talent for the sake of their bottom lines.
Here are five trades that the Detroit Pistons need to explore.