The Detroit Pistons will likely just use the 5th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft to take the best player available, but they do have options.
This draft is a complete crapshoot outside of the top-4 (and even within it), so teams like the Detroit Pistons might feel they can trade down and still get the guy they like or might feel compelled to trade up to try and get one of those top four guys even though there is no consensus.
It will all come down to trying to get the best player possible to pair with Cade Cunningham, and Troy Weaver can’t miss on this one, as they have already gotten little contribution (so far) from 7th pick Killian Hayes and need that second star to pair with Cade.
Though it’s most likely the Pistons just draft a guy with the 5th pick, you never know with Troy Weaver, as he will be aggressive to pursue his guy if he has identified the player he really wants.
That could lead to some movement in the top-10 of the 2022 NBA Draft, so here are some possible trades with every team in the top-10. These are for entertainment purposes only, as it is unlikely that any of them will actually happen.
Detroit Pistons: 2022 NBA Draft trades with the top-10
#10: Washington Wizards
The Wizards are in NBA purgatory, as they have some good veteran players like Bradley Beal, but not much around him. They can’t compete with this roster but have few ways to improve outside of trading Beal.
If they don’t move Beal, they might try to move up in the draft, but do they have anything the Detroit Pistons would want?
It usually takes at least one extra first-round pick to move up at all in the lottery, so to jump into the top-5, the Wizards are going to have to throw in at least two assets.
#5 pick 2022 NBA Draft
#10 pick 2022 NBA Draft
2025 1st-round pick (top-5 protected)
In this trade, the Wizards move up to try and get a better player to put with Beal, and the Detroit Pistons get a promising 21-year-old player who is still on a rookie deal.
He would give the Detroit Pistons another young, versatile wing, though Avdija hasn’t been super impressive so far. The Pistons also get the 10th pick in this draft and a protected 2025 pick, which would be the next time the Wizards could trade one.
Washington might think this too much to give up just to move up five spots, but if Troy Weaver thought he could still get an impact player at 10, add Avdija who would be a bench upgrade, and a future pick, there might be some interest.
It’s an interesting one, but pretty risky for both teams, as the Pistons would be banking that they can get a quality player later in the 2022 NBA Draft and the Wizards would be banking that they’d be good by 2025 so that pick wouldn’t be a high one.