Reggie Jackson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Andre Drummond have all been mentioned in Detroit Pistons Trade Rumors, but one is more likely to be dealt.
Just hours now remain until the NBA trade deadline and while there have been plenty of Detroit Pistons trade rumors swirling, a deal doesn’t look particularly likely.
Rod Beard, Pistons beat writer for The Detroit News, did well to put the situation into a Monopoly context:
In other words, Stan Van Gundy has some mid-level properties on the board that he would be willing to give up to make a significant improvement in his position in the game. Hey, if there is a sucker out there who would overpay, it only makes sense to do a deal. However, other players are apparently looking for a sucker as well and Van Gundy has shown no willingness to sell low or to make a trade just to make a trade.
A report from ESPN‘s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne highlights that fact.
"One league source told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that the Portland Trail Blazers called to inquire about Drummond but quickly abandoned their interest when Detroit asked for Blazers guard C.J. McCollum in return. The Blazers, sources told Shelburne, regard McCollum as an untouchable."
Would the Pistons trade Andre Drummond? Apparently they would, but it would take a return that another team may not be willing to pay. Like with Drummond, the Pistons have reportedly also been taking calls on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope but those calls seem to be more of the listening variety. The situation with Reggie Jackson, however, takes on a different tone in Stein’s report:
"Sources told ESPN.com that the Pistons have not committed to trading either player but have also not discouraged offers from interested teams for the two most prized names on their roster.Detroit, meanwhile, has steadfastly continued to pursue a new home for point guard Reggie Jackson before Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline."
Stan Van Gundy has been open about the fact that trade discussion happen all the time and that nothing usually comes with them. That might be an accurate representation of what has happened regarding Drummond and KCP, but Stein’s report indicates a more motivated attitude to deal Jackson.
One trade rumors involving Jackson was a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves for Ricky Rubio but it appears the Timberwolves and Knicks are a more likely match for a Rubio deal. It has also been reported that the Timberwolves, who would be motivated to trade Rubio to clear playing time for their young point guards already on the roster, do not have interest in acquiring Jackson.
The other was a deal to the Orlando Magic for the expiring contract of Jeff Green and veteran point guard D.J. Augustin. Such a deal would be mostly a salary dump for the Pistons rather than getting good value in return. That might be short-sighted, and that rumor was called “unlikely” to happen in a report anyway.
In the end maybe the Pistons don’t make any moves. Either way, we’ll know by this afternoon when the trade deadline comes at 3 p.m. ET.