The Detroit Pistons need to make a deal.
Okay, tell me if you have heard this one before.
The most common refrain over the course of the first half of the season in Motown has been the fact that the Pistons can not possibly win as presently constructed. They have too many wing players, not enough size up front, and they have too many old players that are taking minutes away from young and potentially talented replacements.
For months, we have wondered aloud whether or not the team would finally make a move.
We were tempted by the tantalizing Richard Hamilton deal (better known as the Carmelo Anthony deal 1.0), which promised to fix quite a few of the Pistons' ills.
We have also heard about Tayshaun Prince's desire to be moved, and even more recently the usually stoic Ben Gordon has wondered aloud about the direction of the team.
Yet, as the All Star game has passed and the trade deadline looms, we are still confronted with the same Pistons squad that we saw in November.
The biggest culprit for the lack of movement is the sale of the team. Over the last few months, nearly half a dozen people have been linked to this team owner-wise. However, it appears that the wait may finally be over, and Tom Gores is zeroing in on the franchise.
So as we come up on the trade deadline, here are a few moves that could be considered by the front office.
However, there is a big caveat. These deals are contingent upon the team sale being completed before the deadline, and the shackles being removed from the front office's hands.