Will these two Detroit Pistons finish their season with the team?


After an early start to the season, this is good for The worst in the leagueit may be time to start looking at trading possibilities for some players who may not fit on the Detroit Pistons roster long-term.


Twenty games, that might seem a bit early in the season. However, with less than a month left in the unofficial trade window of December 15th, it may be time for the Pistons to weigh their options.

newly, Michael Scotto of HoopsHype I reported on trade prospects surrounding Pistons Noel Nerlens and Alec Burks.

Veteran role players Nerlens Noel and Alec Burks are also commercial candidates to watch as the deadline approaches. Noel is not expected to finish the season with Detroit, HoopsHype has learned. Burks is off to a solid start since returning to the lineup and is expected to attract interest from playoff teams of the caliber closer to the trade deadline.

This isn’t much of a surprise since both Noel and Burks are veteran players and each have a team option for next season. Rival teams looking for depth on the bench could be interested in acquiring either without committing to the player after this season.

Surprisingly, Noel, in particular, is not expected to finish the season in Detroit.

Noel hasn’t seen as many minutes or as many roles during his short stint so far as Beeston. Having started the season with an injury, since his return it appeared that coach Duane Casey would turn to Noel if needed due to other injuries or a frontcourt foul problem.

Obviously, Noel is probably not part of the Pistons long-term product. On a team that struggles to stay healthy across the board, especially in the frontcourt, Noel probably should have stayed on the team as a less-than-ideal insurance policy.

But, due to the team’s turbulent start, Noel may be a redundant piece on the roster.

What could the Detroit Pistons get in return in a Noel or Birks trade?

The most logical asset the Pistons will look for when dealing with veteran players is seed capital.

Neither Noel nor Burks will order anything close to a large pool of snaps in the trade market, yet the Detroit Pistons could receive one or more late picks to capitalize on future moves. Pistons general manager Troy Weaver has shown that maintaining flexibility is a consistent priority for the team.

Neither Noel nor Burks command big salaries, either in the mid-level salary range for veteran players, making them worthwhile additions to teams looking for depth to finish out the season.

Depending on the suitor, the presses may also be able to get a file smaller player in return, most likely someone who could be taken into the organization as a reclamation project. Weaver has shown a tendency to underbuy players who are not yet developing in the league.

Two or multiple round picks plus a flyer for a younger player is the best case scenario for a Noel comeback in my eyes. It hasn’t done as much, if anything, to increase its stock in the commercial market so far as the plunger.

Burks may command a slightly higher price if dealt with, especially for a team looking for an improved 3-point shooting late in the season. However, I don’t expect Burks to command a much higher price.

If the Pistons can get a late round or heavily protected first round pick in exchange for Burks’ services for the rest of the season, I’ll jump.

While neither player is expected to be dealt until this year’s earliest trade date, if the Pistons continue with their losing ways, they may be motivated to move these veterans around sooner if it means they can get more in return.

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