Pistons’ Kennard drawing trade interest

Pistons guard Luke Kennard is off to a nice start to his NBA career.

With the trade deadline less than a month away, Detroit Pistons rookie guard Luke Kennard is drawing “intense” interest, according to a report from Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.

Kennard is 6-foot-5 and was selected by the Pistons with the No. 12 overall pick out of Duke in the 2017 draft. He spent two seasons with the Blue Devils.

Now, he is averaging 6.4 points and 1.9 rebounds in 17 minutes per game.

According to Ellis, the Pistons’ front office is “weighing win-now vs. hanging onto assets for the future. Tough balancing act.”

Pistons president/coach Stan Van Gundy admitted to reporters the team is actively exploring the market. The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 8.

Kennard played at Franklin (Ohio) High School near Dayton and is the former Parade Magazine National Player of the Year, as well a former Ohio Mr. Basketball. He finished his high career with the second-most total points in Ohio hoops history.