With the Detroit Pistons looking for help via trade, the name of forward Stanley Johnson has perhaps been mentioned most, according to a report from ESPN.
Also, long before the ESPN report, the Detroit Free Press reported that rookie guard Luke Kennard is drawing strong interest from opposing teams — but it is not yet known if the Pistons are willing to move their most recent lottery pick.
As for Johnson, opposing teams “have come away with the impression” he is quite available, according to ESPN.
One league source told Amico Hoops the New York Knicks are one of the teams talking trade with Detroit.
Johnson, 21, is 6-foot-7 and was the eighth overall pick in the 2015 draft. He has had his ups and downs, and is averaging a steady 7.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 32 games this season. But as ESPN noted, opposing teams value Johnson’s potential as a wing defender.
Pistons president/coach Stan Van Gundy told reporters the team is indeed exploring trades to “fill some holes,” citing the injuries to guard Reggie Jackson and forward Jon Leuer.
The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 8.