Besides their connection on the I-94 in Michigan, their franchises have been linked throughout their histories.
The Pistons and Bulls battled throughout the 1980s for Midwestern and NBA supremacy, meeting one another for some classic battles.
The Pistons were the dominant franchise in the '80s, the Bulls were dominant in the '90s and the Pistons again in the 2000s.
Now it is the Bulls' turn.
The Pistons groomed Dennis Rodman to become a Bulls legend, and the Bulls thought the same was going to be true with Ben Wallace.
The fact of the matter is that these two rivals will always have a place of hatred in one another's hearts.
Now it is time for these two teams to do business once again.
But this time, it won't be on the court.
The Bulls are a perimeter scoring shooting guard away from title contention.
The Pistons need a small forward with class that can ease the loss of Tayshaun Prince.
That is why it is time for the Pistons to deal Ben Gordon back to the Bulls for Luol Deng.
Deng and Gordon were teammates through some lean years in Chicago. They were a couple of class-act players from two storied college teams in Connecticut and Duke. They even were rumored to be dealt together for Kobe Bryant a number of years ago.
But now, they are staring at two different realizations.
Deng no longer has a true place on this Bulls team. He has had a good career with Chicago, but his limitations showed during last year's playoffs when he shot only 42 percent.
Chicago is a very good inside-outside team with a slasher at the point that can score at will in Derrick Rose. The only problem is that they don't really have the outside part of that equation.
Gordon is a clutch player that can spread an offense like few others can. His range is unlimited, and once the game is on the line, there are few players that can fill it up like he can.
Gordon would immediately take the shackles off of Carlos Boozer and Rose, essentially creating a whole new dimension to their offense.
Obviously, defensively he is beyond limited, though not for a lack of effort. Gordon is small for a shooting guard.
Luckily for Chicago, Rose is big for a point guard and highly effective as a defender, especially in transition.
For Detroit, Deng is the perfect type of player for this young team. He has always been a worker, and on top of that he is a calming influence in the locker room. For a team that faced player revolts last year, Deng is just the type of player you want.
Deng is a professional, something that you want your young core of Brandon Knight, Jonas Jerebko, Austin Daye and Greg Monroe around.
Overall, there are few roadblocks to this type of deal. One in particular is what will Chicago do with their small forward position. Sure, Kyle Korver can spend some time there and so can Rasual Butler. But they will likely have to upgrade this spot in free agency.
There have been rumblings that Caron Butler wants to go there, and that would immediately alleviate that problem.
For Detroit, this is a win-win situation. You free yourself of what has been a mistake signing and move your team forward in the right direction.
This is your quintessential perfect trade.
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