Pistons Rumors: Galloway, Griffin, Ntilikina

The Pistons are “very open” to the idea of trading Langston Galloway, two league sources tell Vince Ellis of The Detroit Free Press. Ellis had recently identified Galloway as one of the most likely players to be dealt if Detroit attempts to keep both Christian Wood and Joe Johnson on its 15-man regular season roster.

According to Ellis, the Pistons have engaged potential trade partners on Galloway for months, but have been unable to find a suitable deal. Although he’s on an expiring contract, the veteran guard’s $7.33MM salary is somewhat exorbitant, making him tricky to move.

As we wait to see if the Pistons can find a taker on Galloway, here are a couple more rumors out of Detroit from Ellis:

  • If things go south for the Pistons in 2019/20 and Blake Griffin remains healthy, the star forward could represent an opportunity for a “franchise reset” via the trade market, says Ellis. According to Ellis, there’s a belief around the NBA that going in that direction is a real possibility for Detroit if the team falls out of the playoff hunt. A league source tells the Free Press that the Pistons could reasonably expect a first-round pick and another asset back for a healthy Griffin. However, I expect that would be a last resort for the club.
  • Having previously reported that the Pistons may have some interest in Frank Ntilikina, Ellis cites sources who say that Detroit has made inquiries on the Knicks’ guard. It appears as though those inquiries have failed to gain traction though, Ellis adds.
  • Within that same article, Ellis notes that the Pistons also explored the possibility of trading for young point guards Dennis Smith Jr. and Markelle Fultz before last season’s trade deadline. Smith and Fultz were ultimately sent to the Knicks and Magic, respectively, leaving Detroit on the lookout for young prospects at the point guard spot. The team may give Bruce Brown some minutes at the position to gauge his potential there.
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2 thoughts on “Pistons Rumors: Galloway, Griffin, Ntilikina

  1. x%sure

    I think the Pistons would expect more than a first and another asset for Griffin, even if they did try a reset, which I doubt. You need more than that to even try a reset.

    The way 3pt attempts is seen as favorably as 3pt makes nowadays, amazes me.
    Traditionally it was said that long shots lead to long rebounds lead to run-outs the other way… implying, better make them if you take them; better yet don’t take them.

    But now, coach?
    “Take it,” Casey said. “If you miss it, it’s on me. If you don’t take it, it’s on you and you better make something good happen when you go in amongst the trees and dipsy-do and get knocked on the floor with no call.
    … If your role card says 3-point shooter, why would you turn one down?” [from the link]

    • Yeah I can’t see the Pistons resetting and trading Griffin. Reggie Jackson finally goes off the books end of this season. That’s 20 mil you can spend else where. Andre Drummond is apparently treating this year like a contract year in hope of opting out and cashing in. Again I’d be happy to let him leave and save that 30 mil for someone else.

      I think this team should still be on the look out for a young PG but have in mind that come the end of the year in the draft there is a lot of good PGs. Nico Mannion, Cole Anthony, Rj Hampton, LaMelo Ball, Killian Hayes and Theo Maldron.
      I think a bigger thing they should look to try get is a young C to replace Drummond when you let him walk. Luckily enough there are two players that come to mind Jarret Allen and Mo Bamba could both be stuck behind better players and look for more game time. Zach Collins is another possibility. He’s listed at PF but his game suits a C and he might find game time and his role difficult with Whiteside and Nurkic their. You’ve also got Harry Giles (behind Bagley) and Larry Nance (behind KLove) to name a few others who could be available.

      From there you know future PG is in the draft, Kennard is there at SG, Griffin is there at PF, I’m going to bring in someone to play centre (Allen/Bamba/Giles/Nance/Collins). You’ve also got about 50 mil in salary cap space by letting Drummond and Jackson go, that’s plenty to get a starting SF and some depth

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