The 2 players the Detroit Pistons might trade up to get

People watch the draft lottery after the 2022 NBA Draft Lottery Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

We’re officially two weeks away from this year’s NBA Draft and the annual process for the Detroit Pistons is well underway. Teams conduct interviews and one-on-one training, and player stocks fly up and down the draft boards.

After dropping two spots from the top three, Detroit is fifth in this year’s draft behind the Sacramento Kings. However, with the Oklahoma City Thunder tied for second and the Kings tied for fourth, there’s a chance that multiple moves before the draft shift the pick order.

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The Thunder, led by their general manager Sam Presti, have a treasure trove of picks (38 over the next five years) and are one of the most unpredictable franchises in the NBA when it comes to the draft. If Presti and his staff are in love with a prospect that may be available outside of the top 3, they could trade down, winning an additional choice or player in the process.

While many experts believe the first three picks are solidified, draft orders are always susceptible to change. There have been many instances in the past of GMs and executives deliberately remaining silent before the draft when a deal is in the works or an eye is set on a specific player. As of this writing, the chances of Presti doing something like this are slim, but nothing can be ruled out.

The Kings are in an intriguing position after this last season and are one of the teams most likely to trade their pick in the lottery. After selling guard Tyrese Haliburton to the Pacers for Domantas Sabonis as a sophomore, Sacramento publicized their mission to “win now” in hopes of making the play-in game.

Though their efforts fell short, there’s a chance Sacramento isn’t done recruiting players who can help legitimize their chances of making the playoffs next season. A reasonable option might be trading Jerami Grant in exchange for fourth pick, which would give Sacramento another proven veteran still in his prime.

If the Kings and the Pistons were to make such a move, it would have to come down to Detroit’s willingness to part ways with Grant for a talent too good to pass up. Since there are numerous players associated with the Pistons, here are two players the Pistons could trade a spot for.

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