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NBA trade deadline: What I’m hearing in regards to the Pistons, Part 2


It’s common practice for a team sitting within the cellar of the NBA’s standings to be aggressive sellers once the trade deadline arrives. We’ve seen it time and time again, yr after yr. The Pistons, though, might break that mold in 2023; on the very least, they don’t appear overly wanting to be big-time sellers.

Detroit, which currently has the second-worst record within the Eastern Conference, is getting a variety of calls about several players, per league sources. Veterans Bojan Bogdanović and Alec Burks are the 2 names rival teams actively inquire about most, while Saddiq Bey and Nerlens Noel have also garnered interest across the NBA.

Here is all the pieces I’ve learned and gathered because it pertains to those 4 names and the Feb. 9 trade deadline:

Bojan Bogdanović

Perhaps greater than any player within the NBA, the 33-year-old forward has been a hot topic of trade rumors over the past month. It’s easy to know why. Bogdanović, a profession bucket-getter, is within the midst of his best offensive season. He’s averaging a career-best 21.2 points while shooting 41.5 percent from 3, and entering Saturday, Bogdanović had scored at the very least 20 points in each of his last eight games, tied for the longest such streak of his nine-year profession. Teams across the league with — at minimum — playoff aspirations have checked out where Bogdanović is at on this moment of his profession and assessed the Pistons’ priorities in an effort to pry away the Croatian forward from the Motor City.

While Detroit has aspirations to be more competitive next season — and Bogdanović would surely help make that occur — the Pistons aren’t against moving him, league sources say. Nevertheless, they’re not anxiously attempting to deal him, either, as they value not only his on-court play however the leadership he’s dropped at the young team. Per league sources, the value tag to amass Bogdanović appears to be, on the very minimum, an unprotected first-round pick. Because the trade deadline inches closer, the sense is there’s a good likelihood Detroit’s front office will get offered the pick it’s in search of, which might then prompt the team to noticeably weigh the danger and reward of departing with a known quality player for an uncertain asset.

Alec Burks

Very like Bogdanović, the 31-year-old Burks, one other skilled scorer, is within the midst of his best offensive season since entering the NBA. He’s averaging 13.8 points off the bench while shooting a career-best 46 percent from the sector and 44.4 percent from 3. Burks’ 44.4 percent clip from 3 ranks him fourth in your complete NBA. Couple his production with a contract that has a good $10.4 million team option for next season, and it’s easy to know why teams have often inquired about his availability.

After all, every player has a price, but, per league sources, the Pistons have shown little or no interest in trading Burks before the deadline. The sense I’m getting is a team would must vastly overpay for Burks’ services. Detroit would love to maintain him going into the summer and for next season when, again, the organization hopes to show a corner with its rebuild.

Saddiq Bey

The third-year forward has had an up-and-down season and, with that, has been the topic of trade rumors as of late. The interest from rival teams, per league sources, intensified when Bey was moved to the bench in November. Teams have since kept tabs on his availability.

Still, though, I’ve gotten the impression the Pistons aren’t able to move on from the 23-year-old Bey unless a deal they will’t refuse comes around. What would such a suggestion entail? I’m undecided, but, per league sources, Detroit has not made it seem to be Bey is out there for pennies.

Nerlens Noel

In last week’s win over the Timberwolves, the veteran center posted 4 blocks and three steals within the third quarter, sending a reminder to rival teams he still has the defensive chops that after made him one in every of the league’s best rim protectors.

The 2 sides have agreed a deal can be best for each, but that doesn’t mean a trade will manifest before the Feb. 9 deadline. If a deal doesn’t materialize by then, per league sources, Noel, who has a team option for $9.6 million, isn’t looking to just accept a buyout. It’s likely the Pistons will just go into the summer with the plan to not pick up Noel’s option or, in the event that they do, use it to accommodate a trade, if one materializes.

Per league sources, the teams most engaged in talks with the Pistons about Noel to this point are the Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks.

(Photo of Bojan Bogdanović: Rick Osentoski / USA Today)

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