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The Detroit Pistons have been one of the more active teams in the pre-draft season and their aggressive approach doesn’t appear to be slowing down.
According to a report from ESPN, the Pistons are exploring if they can land veteran help in exchange for their No. 12 overall draft pick.
NBA Draft scuttle: Hearing Detroit is open to discussing trades for its No. 12 overall pick in hopes of acquiring more of a win-now veteran.
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 30, 2017
The Pistons finished 37-45 missing the playoffs one season after qualifying as an eighth seed. Head coach Stan Van Gundy is also in charge of basketball operations and remains hopeful of improving the roster around big man Andre Drummond.
“They could use an upgrade just about everywhere,” one NBA scout told Amico Hoops. “That doesn’t mean they’re severely lacking in any one area. But when you win 37 games, you need to find more players.”
Also, as Hoops Rumors noted:
Stein’s report doesn’t specify any players – or even positions – the Pistons may be targeting as they discuss their lottery pick, but there are a few areas that could make sense. A frontcourt replacement for Aron Baynes would be one possibility if the club expects to lose him in free agency. A guard would also be a logical target if Detroit has any concern about Reggie Jackson’s ability to bounce back, or isn’t 100% sure that Caldwell-Pope will be retained.