Detroit Pistons head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy, is under an immense amount of pressure to win now. Four years into his tenure in Detroit, and little progress has been made on the court.
The Pistons have that win now mentality that would make them active buyers at the tradeline to improve the team. However, they have more options to explore, if Van Gundy does not believe the right offer will be on the table come the deadline.
The option many believe the Pistons need to take, if they want to live up to the potential they showed early in the season. Stan Van Gundy has never been shy from making a deal, but said the right deal did not seem to be out there a couple of weeks ago. That was two weeks ago, and play has gotten worse and the market has changed.
The team appears to have put Stanley Johnson on the trade block, and exploring all their options. The biggest crowd pleasing move would be to acquire the newly available Charlotte Hornet Kemba Walker. The point guard is the best option to fix the Pistons main issue, and keep them in the hunt for a decent playoff run this season. The only problem is the assets the Pistons will need to give up, because the Hornets are trying to shed pay and get young. Detroit does not have a lot of cheap young talent on their roster.
The option that many would not consider, standing pat at the trade deadline, and not making a move. The Pistons were playing at an elite level early on the season before it took a turn for the worst. The team could wait for Reggie Jackson to return from his ankle injury, and hit the reset button,
Head coach Stan Van Gundy should go with the opening day starting lineup, and try to find that team that beat the Warriors, Celtics, and Timberwolves in 2017. Reggie Bullock has been solid starting, and he will keep getting his minutes, just off the bench.
This is the option that could cost Stan Van Gundy his job, or at least a title. The Pistons have made too many moves and spent too much money to be in the position they are in now. Trying to acquire new young talent might the Pistons best option to create a viable franchise for years to come.
This also makes the first four years of Van Gundy’s tenure look like a complete waste of time and money. Not to mention, the money the Pistons have owed to players that are struggling would limit any total rebuild that could take place.
Do not expect the Pistons to make a move, but expect the Pistons to focus on competing this season.
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