When trying to devise a plan that the Pistons could realistically take, there are a few needs that are more critical than others.
A true point guard is among the higher priorities as is a shot-blocking post player. While I could come up with some outlandish moves that would include scrapping the entire team, the actuality of all or any of them happening are slim.
So, here's something that could happen with only a few alterations.
As various media outlets have reported, Ricky Rubio has made it known that he does not want to be selected by the Thunder or Grizzlies, who own the second and third picks in the upcoming draft.
With both teams aware of Rubio's feelings, they could potentially talk to teams about trading down or trading out of this year's draft.
First, the Pistons should trade Richard Hamilton and both the 36th and 39th picks in the 2009 Draft for both of the Thunder's 2009 first-round picks (third and 25th)
Detroit would be able to select either Rubio or Thabeet with the second pick and fulfill one of their most apparent voids.
Now, for the sake of this article, I'm going to say that the Pistons take Thabeet. He's by far the best center in this draft and if you're looking to build a foundation, this is a guy that can anchor the paint.
Now that you've filled the shot-blocking and rebounding voids, it's time to find a point guard. For this trade to be worthwhile, a sign-and-trade would be imminent because this player is a restricted free agent this year.
My second suggestion: Trade Kwame Brown and the 15th pick in the 2009 draft for Raymond Felton
The Bobcats have made it clear that D.J. Augustin is their point guard of the future. The Pistons can take advantage of such a decision by offering the Bobcats a chance to redeem their 2005 draft mistake when they chose Felton, and the Pistons would be able to fill the void that they were hoping to fill with the 15th pick with the Thunder's late round pick.
Now, with these two moves, they will not only have filled two of their biggest needs, but cleared even more salary cap space to work with in free agency. With Felton, Stuckey, Prince, and Thabeet, there's only one or two players that need to be brought in to return this team to the Detroit Pistons we've come to known.
Obviously, a starting power forward is the first player to be looked for in free agency. If Paul Milsap does decide to hear what other teams have to offer, the Pistons should jump all over him. He would play an absolutely phenomenal role in Detroit's lineup.
David Lee isn't my first choice, but for what the Pistons need out of their power forward, he would be a guy who could come in and play the exact role that the team is looking for.
I'd also like to see what a guy like Charlie Villanueva could do in that lineup. He would provide some scoring that you wouldn't expect along with bringing down some rebounds.
Like I've said before, the Pistons have options galore. I try to come up with reasonable options that wouldn't completely destroy the team or what they've put together thus far. With all of my moves, I traded only one player, Richard Hamilton, and reordered the Pistons' priorities in the upcoming draft.
Yet, what still remains in the plan that I have devised is that the Pistons would have plenty of room to bring in a guy like Chris Bosh, LeBron James or Dwyane Wade in 2010, and while the reality of these guys signing with the Pistons is extremely slim, it is something to ponder.