As the 2013 NBA Draft Trade Rumors swirl there are several teams that have emerged could be trading partners with the Detroit Pistons for the #8 pick in the draft. The combination of uncertain draft values, undefined team needs and the lack of a consensus #1 pick have resulted in what could be a frenzied trade market.
Teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves and Atlanta Hawks all have multiple picks and they all have specific players in mind they would like to acquire. That could result in a unique opportunity for the Detroit Pistons if any of those targeted players begins to drop.
The Detroit Pistons also have a couple of specific players in mind that may be available later in the draft than #8. C.J. McCollum, Micheal Carter-Williams and Shabazz Muhammad have been predicted to go anywhere from #6 to #15. That gives the Pistons plenty of room to trade down a few spots, pick up an extra first round pick all the while still acquiring one of the players they have targeted.
Now here is where it get tricky. Any of these likely scenarios are going to develop during the draft. Because draft values are all over the place, teams in the top 7 could literally pick anyone. So teams hoping to trade up will be paying close attention to selections to determine whether it is worth the risk to trade up.
If Nerlens Noel, Ben McLemore, Anthony Bennett or Trey Burke start to slip. That could cause a trading frenzy for teams trying to get into position to acquire them. If that happens the Pistons could cash in.