NBA: What Should the Pistons Do at the NBA Trade Deadline? Press Reset? Or Ride It Out?

Detroit Pistons Sport News


  • The NBA Trade Deadline is Thursday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. ET. Last year’s trade deadline saw stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving both get dealt.
  • This has been a lost season for the Pistons, with a record of 6-43 entering Wednesday night’s game in Sacramento. That is the worst record in the NBA.
  • Pistons veterans Alec Burks and Bojan Bogdanovic are rumored to be on the trade block.

Its time to make a deal in the NBA.

The NBA Trade Deadline is approaching, and just when you think it may be quiet, things suddenly explode. That’s what happened last year, when a calm trade deadline suddenly became epic.

Future odds for the NBA title and upcoming games will shift dramatically at Michigan Sportsbooks after a big trade. PointsBet and BetMGM will have lines on every game each night in the NBA, including player props and point spreads.

For the Detroit Pistons, it looks like another no-win scenario. Like everyone else in the NBA, the Pistons have options and players people want, but unlike everyone else in the NBA, the Pistons are in last place. What Should the Pistons Do?

Sell, Sell, Sell 

The two most common names being bounced around from the Pistons on the trade block are Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks. Both have been around a while. Neither are elite stars, but they could definitely help a team in contention.

Bogdanovic has had some injuries, but is still averaging 20.2 a game for the Pistons. His defense is adequate. He shares the ball and sees the floor.

Burks is in his 12th year and is the definition of journeyman. He’s playing shooting guard for the Pistons and it’s a league where shooting guards are stars like Devin Booker and Donovan Mitchell. Burks could give a quality team good minutes off the bench.

The Pistons are no longer on pace to have the worst record in NBA history, but they’d basically have to play .333 basketball not to set the all-time Pistons record for fewest wins in a season. That was 16 back in 1979-80.

For all their faults, give the Pistons ownership a little bit of credit in that they have shown a willingness to bring in players from other teams and give them a second chance and playing time (see James Wiseman).

But this season is an example of where you bring in players and no one ever makes the leap and steps up. That’s how you become 6-43. The Pistons could keep trying to take on other people’s problems and hope for the best. It would be fun to see how Cade Cunningham can do with another star player on the court. 

The Detroit Dilemma

The Pistons major problem entering the Trade Deadline is while they may have some assets people are interested in, they aren’t exactly in a spot where they’re dealing from any strength. 

Being 6-43 makes you irrelevant. Teams could underpay for Burks or Bogdanovic, because they know the Pistons don’t really have anything better. Detroit did make a deal last month with Washington, swapping some low-level players around. Washington only has three more wins than the Pistons. This is called ‘rearranging chairs on the Titanic.’

All kidding aside, the Pistons have played hard, just not successfully, but after the Trade Deadline and All-Star Game, they should start phasing out any of the veterans and let the youngsters play and see what they have.

Born and raised in Louisiana, Darren Cooper has a fond appreciation for bayous, Mardi Gras beads and the sports betting industry. Darren has worked for multiple print and online publications since 1998, primarily as a sports columnist in the Northeast. He’s covered a Super Bowl (it was a blowout), the World Series (same) and the NBA Draft (man, those guys are tall). For the last few years he’s dug deep into the sports gambling industry as it exploded across America, learning how the legal sausage is made and how while all the sportsbooks look the same, they all have different identities and styles. He’s learned to always bet within his means -- and take the under. When not in front of his computer creating, Darren spends time with his three boys. He runs, reads and is always looking for the next big thing to write about.