The 2017 NBA Trade Deadline has come and gone, and the Detroit Pistons decided not to make any trades despite rumors swirling in recent days.
Detroit Pistons trade rumors have been swirling, especially in the final days leading up to the NBA trade deadline. Most of the reports and speculation centered on the team’s three biggest names – Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
While most indications are that the Pistons were mostly just listening when it came to Drummond and Caldwell-Pope, some reports suggested the Pistons were more active in trying to find a taker for Jackson. That being said, the asking price was high, apparently too high to find a taker.
Perhaps he was doing a little big of smokescreening to try to coax out a big offer from someone, but Stan Van Gundy’s comments this afternoon means standing pat does not come as a surprise.
So where do the Pistons go from here? Staying the course may be disappointing to some fans considering the swirl of rumors can be exciting and because the Pistons season has largely been a disappointment so far. But making a trade just to make a trade or selling low wouldn’t have been to the team’s benefit.
The Pistons are currently in position to make back-to-back playoff appearances and a favorable schedule that could allow them to rise to something better than their current standing as the eight seed. There is still time to see if this team is going to take the step forward many expected they would make.
If things don’t go well the rest of the seseason, the Pistons can take the offseason to re-shape the team and look to re-kindle any talks that they may have had over the last several days.