NBA Trade Scenarios: 5 Moves Return Detroit Pistons to Eastern Conference Elite

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NBA Trade Scenarios: 5 Moves Return Detroit Pistons to Eastern Conference Elite
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The Detroit Pistons are certainly a team in transition, but in the weak bottom half of the NBA Eastern Conference, that transition may not take long.

Drafting Brandon Knight and hiring Lawrence Frank were an excellent start, but there's still plenty more work to do.

A real transition for the Pistons will require somewhat of a change in philosophy from Dumars.

Dumars’ fierce loyalty to his players has endeared him to his veterans and helped to make him one of the more well-respected general managers in the NBA, but it’s also led him to his current position, sitting on a roster littered with unhappy, overpaid, and (nearly) untradeable assets.

Yet however motley his crew may be, there are still assets on this team.

The key for Dumars will be to sort out the differences in actual and projected value of each of his assets. No more forcing square pegs into round holes. The Pistons have to build a real team.

Dumars needs to realistically evaluate what level of production he can expect from his veterans. In some cases, they may be able to help the team. In other cases, they may not. These truths certainly won’t go down easy for Dumars, but accepting them is the only way to move his team forward (and keep his job).

So which of Dumars’ assets really do have any value?

And how can he maximize that value to build the best team in Detroit?

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