In the first two parts of this series, we discussed a handful of players that could be Detroit Pistons targets. First we looked at the free-agent market, and next we looked at the potential amnesty-clause cuts.
In this article, we will explore potential trade options for the Pistons.
Currently, the Pistons have two glaring needs: small forward and a big man.
In this article, we will be looking only at potential big men.
The Pistons are in an interesting position. They have a very talented young big man on their roster that could potentially play either the 4 or the 5. Therefore, we will be looking at players that could play either of those positions.
Now obviously, nothing is set in stone, and all of these proposals are pure speculation. But one thing is certain for Pistons fans: This team is in desperate need for a shakeup in the frontcourt.
With Ben Wallace on his last legs and Chris Wilcox likely heading elsewhere, the Pistons need to make a move quickly.
Here are five potential trade options for the Pistons.
Utah has been holding on to a frontcourt that would make most team's salivate the last few years. They are one of the few teams that has had substantial depth up front for the better part of the last decade.
It's as though they are so concerned about replacing Karl Malone that they decided to go overboard with stockpiling bigs.
To further illustrate this point, they drafted the best available big man, Enes Kanter, to their already-strong arsenal.
But this should be the year they finally decide to shake up their frontcourt. With Jefferson set to make $29 million over the next two years, he is the most likely candidate.
So what would it take to get him? The obvious move would be a sign-and-trade including Tayshaun Prince and Will Bynum as Utah is slim at small forward and backup point guard.
Additionally, it is no secret that Raja Bell was a disappointment last year. If Detroit could swallow up Bell's contract next year, perhaps that could free up a combo deal of Prince, Bynum and Gordon, although that would be a long shot considering the fact that the Jazz just drafted a shooting guard in the first round this year.
All being said, between Mehmet Okur and Jefferson, the Pistons should certainly be calling the Jazz as a potential trade partner.
Pistons fans continue to pine for DeAndre Jordan, Kaman's teammate on the Clips.
I agree, Jordan would be about the most ideal big man out there. And true, the Clippers have shown themselves to be as incompetent as the Greek government. But there is no way they are going to let Jordan go. He is young, big and provides the perfect complement to Blake Griffin.
But there is a real shot that the Clips look into dealing Kaman for Tayshaun Prince, a trade idea that I floated over a year ago.
Now the Detroit News is reporting that the Pistons and Clips are exploring just such a deal.
Kaman has had a long history of injuries, but when healthy he could be a very nice complement to Greg Monroe.
Sure, this still leaves Detroit without a shot-blocking threat down low, but the rebounding and low-post scoring surely would be improved.
Of all the names I am floating here, this one I am most excited about.
Roy Hibbert is the true center that combines excellent shot-blocking, physicality and strong rebounding.
So why on Earth would Indiana look into trading him?
If they do that, they certainly will be willing to shop Hibbert.
So what would Indiana take for him? An interesting idea would be a deal for Rodney Stuckey. The Pacers could use a shooting guard that could get to the rim, and someone that can take some ball-handling pressure off of Darren Collison.
Obviously, they could also elect to keep Hibbert as a backup, but this situation deserves watching.
Active. Hard-working. Nose for the ball.
These are all attributes of Andris Biedrins.
Tradeable might become another of those attributes.
With all the attention on where Monta Ellis will be heading, Biedrins has conveniently become lost in the shuffle.
For those that don't know his game, Biedrins is a bigger version of Jonas Jerebko. He also is a bit more expensive.
So what would Golden State want for him? If they deal Ellis, they will need shooting guard depth.
Rookie Klay Thompson should be a very good player in time, but he isn't ready to step up just yet. A package of Rodney Stuckey and Jason Maxiell could be just enough to land Biedrins.
Given that he is owed $9 million each of the next two years with an option for the third, those salaries should match up well.
This trade option, however, is dependent upon who they get for Ellis. If they land another guard, this would definitely not be an option for them. But with them likely shopping for another big man, Biedrins could be available.
Now I know, Drew Gooden is not the sexiest name out there for Pistons fans.
But like it or not, Gooden could seriously help Detroit this year.
A 6'10" legit power forward, Gooden has been a thorn in the side of Pistons fans for years.
So why could he be available?
Milwaukee is entertaining the idea of bringing hometown product Joel Przybilla into the fold. And while the Pistons certainly would love Przybilla quite a bit more than many prospective free agents out there, the veteran big man has stated his desire to either play in Portland or Milwaukee.
If Przybilla heads back home to Milwaukee, this will open the door for Gooden and his contract to be moved.
The Pistons could probably land Gooden for something fairly reasonable, perhaps Will Bynum and Jason Maxiell.