There are not many feasible deals to unload Rip or Tay. Here are a few.
There are lots of comments about the moves that the Pistons could or should make. Knowing that there are as many opinions as sports fans here are some trades that are feasible and that would improve the Pistons.
First and foremost, even if the Pistons win 50 games this year, we know that they are not likely to be playing for a title. We know that they need to balance the roster with some post players and upgrade depth at most positions. This is unlikely to be done in one year. The sad fact is there are not many good deals that unload Rip or Tay. The way to do this is to add picks and add talent through the draft. OKC and Portland are some good examples of teams that have added through the draft.
Trade option #1 - Portland – Oden, Cunningham and Bayless for Prince.
Portland may be tiring of Oden’s injuries. I agree that it may be a cause for concern. On the other hand, if he clears testing and his physical he provides the Pistons with a real post player. Cunningham and Bayless are interesting pieces needed to balance the contracts and could become real contributors. Prince offers Portland a real wing that can still play some defense against most 3s.
Trade option #2 - Bobcats – Diop, Augustin and G. Henderson for Hamilton
All three of the Charlotte players are young and offer value. This trade could be a basis to trade others like Maxiell and Wilcox for 2nd round picks. The obvious problem is that Charlotte already has Stephen Jackson and G. Wallace.
An alternative or variant of this trade could be:
Diop and G. Wallace for Hamilton, Maxiell and Wilcox. Wallace is no spring chicken but he is productive and his contract is one year less than Rip’s. Charlotte and SJax would have to be willing to play SJax at SF so that Hamilton could play SG. That is a big if.
Trade option #3 - Memphis – Thabeet, Mayo and Haddadi for Hamilton.
Memphis has M. Gasol and Zack. They just added Tony Allen in a small contract. Rip could have value but while the numbers work, they may not be willing to lose depth to add a quality starting SG. Still, Rip could take pressure off of Gay and Zach and help them finally get to the playoffs.
Trade option #4 - Golden State - Biedrins and R. Williams for Prince.
Biedrins is still young and not very expensive. GS picked up Gadzuric any may be willing to part with AB. That said, they are not close to winning so I do not know why they would want to add a veteran like Prince.
Nellie does some weird things and it appears as if the time to take advantage of that propensity is coming to a close.
Trade option #5 - LAL & Minn - Picks and players
LA sends Sasha to Detroit with a pick.
Detroit sends Ben Gordon to LAL as off the bench scoring.
Detroit sends Prince to Minn as a starting SF.
Detroit gets another pick, Sessions, Ellington, Stiemsma and Corey Brewer.
Obviously Detroit clears cap space and gets some picks and young talent to add to Daye, Monroe, Stuckey and JJ.
Trade option #6 - OKC and Minn.
Detroit sends Hamilton to OKC giving them the legitimate scorer at shooting guard to go with Durant, Westbrook and sometimes Green.
OKC sends back a pick, White, a young player with some skill, and Collison for salary matching and eventual cap relief.
Minn sends Detroit a pick, Sessions who they appear to want to move to create space for Rubio and Ryan Hollins to OKC to add depth to their center position.
Minn gets Prince, a real SF to fill a void that they have had for a while or for eventual cap relief. Additionally, they get Sefolosha who can sometimes be viewed as a stopper.
Trade option #7 - NJ - Rip for Kris Humphreys and picks.
NJ and Avery get someone who can help Harris and Lopez win games and the Pistons get picks and Humphreys for additional cap relief.
The road to success is not easy.
I’m sure that there are other trades to dream up but these add picks which Detroit needs, they give or add to cap relief within 12 months and give Detroit an opportunity to retool in a shorter period of time. The other teams can also see a benefit which is also helpful in getting a trade done.
What is clear is that under no circumstances should the Pistons get desperate and simply exchange large large contracts such as Okafor's, Vince Carters, etc.
Let me know what you think.