NBA Trade Rumors: Latest on Pistons' Nerlens Noel, Saddiq Bey and Alec Burks

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 16, 2023

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The Detroit Pistons might sit 14th in the Eastern Conference, but they aren't yet going into full selling mode ahead of the Feb. 9 NBA trade deadline.

The Athletic's James L. Edwards III reported Monday the Pistons "have shown very little interest" in dealing guard Alec Burks. It's a similar story with forward Saddiq Bey, whom Edwards speculated the Pistons won't move "unless a deal they can't refuse comes around."

Nerlens Noel, on the other hand, is more gettable, but Edwards reported the 6'11" center wouldn't take a buyout from Detroit if he remains with the team through the deadline. The Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks have discussed a potential swap, per Edwards.

Noel has a $9.7 million club option for 2023-24, but the odds that Detroit triggers it look remote when he has only averaged 11.8 minutes across 12 games.

The 28-year-old has put up 9.8 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per 100 possessions, according to Basketball Reference. He'd be a good situational rim protector on a contender. Sports Illustrated's Howard Beck reported the Pistons discussed one trade package that would send Noel and Bojan Bogdanović to L.A.

With Burks and Bey, Detroit is negotiating more from a position of strength.

Burks is averaging 13.8 points and shooting a career-high 45.3 percent from beyond the arc. Like Noel, he has a club option for next season, and $10.5 million is a reasonable sum to pay for his contributions.

If the Pistons don't like what's on offer now, they can wait until the offseason or even through to the 2024 trade deadline.

The same goes with Bey, who was benched earlier this season but remains an effective member of the rotation. The 23-year-old is averaging 14.3 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 40.0 percent from the field.

Bey has one year left on his rookie deal before he's eligible for restricted free agency in 2024. That gives the Pistons some time to see whether he plants himself as a long-term piece of the roster.