After a fast start, the Detroit Pistons have come back down to earth. That and some key injuries have them looking for help.
“There’s a lot of need and we’re looking around,” Pistons president/coach Stan Van Gundy told reporters. “We don’t have anything going on right now, but we’re looking around for people to fill holes.”
The Pistons enter Wednesday’s game at Brooklyn with a 21-18 record. They are down point guard Reggie Jackson (ankle) and Jon Leuer (also ankle). As Rod Beard noted in the Detroit News, the likes of Andre Drummond (ribs), Stanley Johnson (hip) and Avery Bradley (groin) have also been battled various pains.
“We’ve got enough flexibility to make a deal; it’s just finding something that makes sense,” Van Gundy said. “We like our guys; we’re looking to supplement more than we’re looking to change, so that makes it tough.”
The Pistons have been linked to Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic and Orlando Magic swingman Evan Fournier in recent weeks. While Van Gundy and Pistons general manager Jeff Bower can’t comment on other teams’ players, it’s evident Mirotic and Fournier are the type of shooters/scorers the Pistons would love to add.
That said, they don’t want to give away valued pieces. With the Feb. 8 trade deadline less than a month away, it can be a tricky trail to take.
“There are certain teams out there that want young players; there are others who are looking for more immediate help. It changes and every situation is different,” Van Gundy said. “You’re weighing now and next year and two years down the road.
“There’s a lot of talk going on but you can see there hasn’t been a lot of activity… “Everything is an individual deal. If you’ve got enough now to make you really good now, would you give up a little bit more for your future.”