With the NBA Trade Deadline over we can now analyze the move the Detroit Pistons made and how it will effect the future. For those of you that didn’t know, the Pistons traded All-Star Center Andre Drummond to the Cleveland Cavaliers for John Henson, Brandon Knight, and a future second round pick. It was the only move the franchise made while holding on to veteran Point Guard Derrick Rose.
The move signifies a change in philosophy from the front office. The Pistons have been chasing playoff berths since the Blake Griffin trade and this is the first move that was not indicative of them winning more games now and making the playoffs. Instead, the rest of this season is going to be tough to watch and will now be about the development of the young players on the roster.
Christian Wood will be the most impacted by the Drummond trade and will now log heavy minutes. Sekou Doumbouya will also be one of the players you would like to see dramatic improvement from with increased playing time. The players that are playing for a spot to be on the team next year include Svi Mykhailiuk and Khyri Thomas as the Pistons decide if they are worth keeping around while they build this team back up.
This process will take a couple of years and the Pistons fans will have to suffer through some rough times. The biggest part of the rebuild will be whether the front office can actually hit on their draft picks and build it the way Detroit has to, since they are not a free agent landing spot. So now all we can do is trust GM Ed Stefanski to hit on some lottery players and get the franchise back on the right track.