How the Pistons can be a big player in a Damian Lillard trade

As we have been hearing about for the past 2-3 weeks, with Wojnarowski and Charania battling it out like titans to swing the media favor back and forth from Lillard and the Portland Trailblazers, Dame finally wants out of the city of roses. And he will not take any other team seriously besides Miami, not even serious title contenders such as Boston or Philadelphia. So how can a young, unaccomplished team such as Detroit be involved in a trade that includes monumental talent and esteemed rapper Damian Lillard? Simply put, they will enter as the third team in this scenario. Today, Chris Haynes of Turner Sports reported that the Pistons have entered as a team to watch as Miami searches for a third team to sweeten the pot for Portland in a potential trade for Lillard.

The player that is most likely to come back to Detroit in this scenario is 23-year-old guard, Tyler Herro, who Portland has been rumored to not be enamored with, given their deep backcourt rotation, including Anfernee Simons and rookie guard Scoot Henderson. To me, it seems strange to add Herro, an established player who hasn’t shown much other than the ability to become extremely hot from three on occasion. It also doesn’t make much sense for the Pistons to give up their young talent in order to help their conference rival Miami, so how could this trade work? I decided to pull up the trusty trade machine, and after a while of thinking it over, this is what I came up with that makes the most sense for each team.

This trade would have Detroit taking on what is frankly an undesirable Herro contract while giving up on two project players in Killian Hayes and Marvin Bagley, where they may be better able to shine in a Portland team that is starting over. Miami is thrilled, as they get their star, as well as not giving up much in terms of players. They may not be happy giving up Caleb Martin, but that is the bare minimum needed to satisfy Portland. In my opinion for this trade to work, Miami will also need to trade their first-round picks in 2024 and 2026 to the Trailblazers, and the Pistons may need to include a few second-rounders.

Personally, I don’t like this deal for any of these teams except for Miami. I am not a big fan of Herro, and Detroit would be stuck on his massive contract for four more years. He also doesn’t fit great on the Pistons, with Cade and Ivey slotting the guard spots for the foreseeable future. I do think it is possible Detroit goes another route if they are included in this trade, possibly exchanging some of their expiring contracts in return for more assets from one of the teams involved in the deal. It will be interesting to see if the Pistons end up playing a part in the trade for Damian Lillard, as their roster isn’t set yet, and there are certainly trades yet to come before the offseason is over.

2 thoughts on “How the Pistons can be a big player in a Damian Lillard trade

  1. I don’t understand why the Pistons are being the middleman in this trade deal. It seems like Herro isn’t that favorable and they would be giving up two of their players. Plus, they’re just giving the Heat more heat by allowing them to get Dame.

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