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After a half-decade of stumbling through the post-championship era, slowly dismantling their key players from a long run of conference championship appearances, the Pistons have some light at the end of the tunnel.
Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe provide a frontcourt combination that could be one of the most fomidable in the league within three years. Brandon Knight continues to develop the skills he needs to be a scoring point guard in the league. They finally traded Tayshaun Prince and his sizeable contract, getting Jose Calderon on an expiring deal in return to give them a pure point.
But they still have so far to go. Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum seem unnecessary pieces short- or long-term. Jonas Jerebko has been crushed from the rotation. So are the Pistons going to keep shifting this roster around? From the Detroit Free Press:
So with that established, two sources said this past week that the Pistons likely are done with major moves until the summer.
One source even said: "You have already had the main course. You aren't getting seconds."
The main course obviously was the Prince-Calderon deal.
But the source added: "You might get dessert."
I get nervous whenever executives spread information on not doing anything at the deadline. This is Smokescreen Week in America, after all. But the Pistons don't have anything that can net huge value, and they need to figure out exactly what they have. Is Monroe-Drummond a tandem to build around or do they need to choose one? Can they get Calderon back at a decent price or will they get outspent? There's a lot to suss out.
If the right deal comes along, the Pistons will pull the trigger without hesitation. Just as they won't do something to do something, they also won't refrain from a deal just to avoid one.
The forecast that initially had been for a very busy trade deadline seems to be calming a bit. It's just hard to tell if this is the eye of the storm or clearer skies rolling in.