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NBA Trade Rumors: 10 Vital Moves For The Detroit Pistons This Season

Ross ColemanAnalyst IJanuary 9, 2011

NBA Trade Rumors: 10 Vital Moves For The Detroit Pistons This Season

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    NBA Trade Rumors: 10 Vital Moves For The Detroit Pistons This Season

    The Detroit Pistons have been one of the fastest dropping teams over the past few years. Ever since trading Chauncey Billups a few years ago, they have struggled to be a relevant team in the Eastern Conference.

    This season, the Pistons are in rebuilding mode after nabbing Greg Monroe up in the NBA draft during the offseason. However, Monroe has struggled to get acclimated to the NBA game to this point.

    What could the Pistons do to get back into the Eastern Conference conversation?

    Here are ten possible moves that would help this year and possibly help them build for the future.

    Read on and let us know what you think.

10. Ben Gordon To Cleveland For Anderson Varejao and Ramon Sessions

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    Why This Move Helps This Season: The Pistons have struggled with toughness inside which seems weird when talking about a Detroit basketball team.

    Adding Varejao helps add defense and rebounding down low. While he may be a considered a little weak, he is a productive player that would help an area of need.

    Why This Move Helps The Future: Ben Gordon isn't helping the Pistons at all and his three year contract for $10 million a year hurts what Detroit can do with the roster.

    Varejao is under contract for five years under a manageable contract. Sessions is just an added piece to make the trade work.

    How Likely Is It?: The Cavs aren't going anywhere and Varejao is one of their key trade pieces. While I doubt Detroit would put together a trade like this, it could happen.

9. Chris Wilcox and WIll Bynum To Denver For Al Harrington

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    Why This Move Helps This Season: Al Harrington provides the Pistons a legitimate scoring forward that is at his best when he has more touches.

    Why This Move Helps The Future: Harrington is under contract for five years for just over $5 million. That is a easy number for a team that is looking to rebuild.

    How Likely Is It?: The Nuggets are looking to move Harrington in a deal for Carmelo Anthony, so I don't know that the Pistons would be able to land Harrington, but it is possible.

8. Tayshaun Prince and Ben Wallace To Sacramento For Samuel Dalembert

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    Why This Move Helps This Season: Samuel Dalembert was at one point a very productive center for the 76ers. However, after moving to Sacramento, he has had a tough time finding the court.

    If Dalembert were moved to the Pistons, he would be playing for a new contract, so Detroit could expect the best out of him.

    Why This Move Helps The Future: Dalembert's contract of $13 million is expiring at the end of the season and would provide cap room for the Pistons to sign a free agent to help in the future.

    How Likely Is It?: Dalembert's name hasn't been put on the trading block yet, but after complaining about his playing time, it is possible that he could be moved.

7. Tayshaun Prince To Philadelphia For Andre Iguodala

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    Why This Move Helps This Season: Andre Iguodala is one of the best wings in the entire NBA and any team that gets him would get a guy who does it all. He can score and defend with the best of them.

    Why This Move Helps The Future: Iguodala is still under contract for four years and he would be a welcome addition to the Pistons.

    How Likely Is It?: Iguodala has been on the trading block for most of the season but I am not sure that the Pistons would be willing to get into the trade discussions for him.

6. Put Rodney Stuckey On The Trading Block

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    Why This Move Helps This Season: Rodney Stuckey has been the Pistons' best player this season, but he hasn't lived up the hype from his playoff run a few years ago. Shopping him now would give the Pistons their best chance to get quite a bit back in return.

    Why This Move Helps The Future: Stuckey would be able to help the Pistons rebuild faster.

    How Likely Is It?: I think the Pistons view Stuckey as the future of their franchise, so I doubt they will trade him, but he is their best bet to help the team.

5. Be The Third Team In The Carmelo Anthony Trade

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    Why This Move Helps This Season: The Nets and Nuggets have recruited the Pistons to be the third team in a deal that would send Carmelo Anthony to the Nets. For the deal to work, the Pistons would have to take on Johan Petro and Troy Murphy.

    Petro and Murphy would help the Pistons' front line this year.

    Why This Move Helps The Future: Murphy has an expiring contract that would make his acquisition helpful for the future, but they would probably have to give up a first round pick to get the deal going.

    How Likely Is It?: This deal actually looks like a possibility. The Nets and Nuggets really want the deal to go through, but they need the Pistons to make it work.

4. Get Expiring Contracts From Golden State

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    Why This Move Helps This Season: The Warriors are interested in acquiring either Tayshaun Prince or Richard Jefferson. In return, the Pistons could get back a bunch of expiring contracts. The guys they would get in return would be playing for future contracts, so they would get quite a bit out of them.

    Why This Move Helps The Future: It would help in the future because they would be able to clear a ton of cap space to improve next year.

    How Likely Is It?: If the Pistons keep dropping in the rankings, they will start looking to move players. Getting expiring contracts would be paramount for the Pistons.

3. Expiring Contracts To Memphis For O.J. Mayo

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    Why This Move Helps This Season: O.J. Mayo has been relegated to the bench after the emergence of rookie Xavier Henry and there has been a ton of speculation that he could be traded.

    If he went to Detroit, there would be no question that he would be the primary scoring option and he is a great scoring shooting guard.

    Why This Move Helps The Future: Mayo is still young enough that his best days are ahead of him. He would have a great impact for years to come in Detroit.

    How Likely Is It?: With other teams like the Bulls and Knicks also looking for help at the shooting guard, I expect Mayo to move, but I doubt he ends up in Detroit.

2. Move Richard Hamilton

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    Why This Move Helps This Season: The Pistons are in a unique situation where they are in rebuilding mode, but they still have some older pieces that could be considered assets.

    Moving Hamilton would not only give some younger guys the chance to step up but it will also give the Pistons some proven assets in return.

    Why This Move Helps The Future: Hamilton is getting up there in age and this move will prepare the Pistons for life after Rip. They could also possibly get some draft picks in return for the veteran guard.

    How Likely Is It?: If the Pistons don't start improving, I think Hamilton will be on the move at some point. It might not be until the offseason, but he will be moved to a team that really could use some help at shooting guard.

1. Move Tayshaun Prince

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    Why This Move Helps This Season: Tayshaun Prince is still a valuable player but he needs to have a better team around him for his impact to be measured. If he was traded for the right parts, it could help the Pistons this year.

    Why This Move Helps The Future: Moving Prince would help give Austin Daye a chance to be the starting small forward and would really help him get better for the future.

    The move could also help get the Pistons back some draft picks and assets to build upon.

    How Likely Is It?: As with Hamilton, if the Pistons start to flounder, I think they will look to turn Prince into some pieces.

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