Trading Jerami Grant difficult, but makes sense for the Detroit Pistons

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Should the Detroit Pistons make an effort to acquire one of Indiana’s bigs?

Along with LeVert, Indiana is also making Domantas Sabonis plus Myles Turner available.  The Detroit Pistons likely don’t have the player capital to land Sabonis.  Killian Hayes just won’t garner that return, and Detroit’s 2022 lottery pick has to be off-limits.

Sabonis is averaging 18.3 points, 11.8 points, and 4.2 assists per game this season, plus he’s converting on 59% of his attempts from the field.  The one knock, he’s not a floor stretcher and won’t knock down many threes.

On the other hand, Turner is very comfortable shooting the three for a center; he’s knocking down 36.4% of his attempts this season, and over his career averages just over 35% from beyond the arc.

Turner is also a tremendous shot blocker. The 25-year old averaged a league-high 3.6 blocks per game last season and currently leads the league in that category again with 2.9 this season.

He’s also averaging 12.9 points, 7.4 boards per game this season while converting on over 51% of his field-goal attempts.

Turner also carries a team-friendly contract that averages $18 million this season and next.  I’m not entirely sure what the asking price would be for Turner, but this is someone the Pistons need to kick the tires on.

Next. Pistons are clearly missing Mason Plumlee (and others). dark

He’d be a significant get, but why would the rebuilding Pacers have any interest in Jerami Grant?  Probably only if they get a youthful piece in the deal they’d like to keep.  Indiana then could flip Grant for additional capital this year or next.