Saturday, May 3, 2014

Looking Ahead to Next Year: Possible Frontcourt Trade Targets

Assuming the Pistons move one of Josh Smith or Greg Monroe this offseason, they are going to need a new starting SF and will likely need a new first big man off the bench, unless they believe they can trust Jonas Jerebko or Josh Harrellson in that role.  Either way, the Pistons could use added depth across the roster, and the frontcourt is no exception.  Adding shooting on the wing and a versatile big man should be the focus.  The backcourt was covered earlier this week, so without further ado, here are the frontcourt players the Pistons could/should have some level of interest in trading for...

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ATLANTIC DIVISION

JEFF GREEN - SF - BOSTON CELTICS
Contract: 3y, $27M '(15-'16 Player Option)

Green's game is predicated on scoring the basketball, and he definitely isn't bad at it.  He also isn't good at much else (9.0 TRB%, 8.3 AST%).  Green's contract is a little too heavy for such a one-dimensional player, in my opinion, but the Pistons could definitely use his scoring on the perimeter.  Green should play all of his minutes at SF to mitigate his weak rebounding, but would be okay at PF if Detroit were to pick him up, thanks to his shooting.  Would likely require a moderate return or for the Pistons to eat a bad contract.

AMAR'E STOUDEMIRE - PF - NEW YORK KNICKS
Contract: 1y, $23.4M

The Pistons would likely move Smith to acquire Stoudemire, in which case he'd come off the bench behind Monroe and Drummond.  Stoudemire isn't worth more than a quarter of what he'll make next year, but he had a solid season scoring the ball for the Knicks in 2013-14.  His 59.6 TS% would look nice on the floor with Monroe or Drummond.  I don't see Phil Jackson being enamored with Josh Smith, so don't hold your breath for this to happen.

ANDREA BARGNANI - F/C - NEW YORK KNICKS
Contract: 1y, $12M

 Doesn't rebound and hasn't shot the ball well from the outside in four years.  He's not a useful player, but he could hold some value if the Pistons are looking to move Smith.  Again, I don't think Phil Jackson would want Smith, but it doesn't hurt to mention it.

SOUTHEAST DIVISION

BISMACK BIYOMBO - F/C - CHARLOTTE BOBCATS
Contract: 2y, $9.5M

If the Bobcats choose to bring back Josh McRoberts, their frontcourt is going to be awfully crowded.  Biyombo could bring the Pistons the post defense that they currently lack, as he blocks just under 3 shots per 36 minutes.  Biyombo also increased his efficiency scoring the ball this season, along with having a top-10 DRB% had he played enough minutes to qualify for the leaderboard.

SOUTHWEST DIVISION

CHANDLER PARSONS - SF - HOUSTON ROCKETS
Contract: 1y, $964,750

The Rockets have $71M in salary committed for next season, but have expressed interest in adding another superstar to their core of Harden and Howard.  If they think they can land Carmelo Anthony, somebody could benefit from demanding Parsons in a trade where they take the money owed to Lin or Asik off of the Rockets' hands.  Parsons is due a large payday after next season, and for good reason.  He's a career 37% shooter from behind the arc, is a good playmaker (17 AST%) and has converted 53.4% of his attempts inside the arc as well.  The Rockets could also choose to decline their team option on Parsons for next year, making him a Restricted Free Agent. This is unfortunately another scenario where it is very unlikely he'll be changing teams this offseason.

RYAN ANDERSON - PF - NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
Contract: 2y, 16.9M

Anderson's name often comes up in trade discussions when the Pistons are involved.  He would be a good fit alongside Drummond with his ability to stretch the floor.  Anderson isn't a great rebounder or defender, but would instantly be the best shooter on the team.  Anderson is usually mentioned as a target of a hypothetical Monroe sign-and-trade to his native New Orleans.

NORTHWEST DIVISION

DANILO GALLINARI - F - DENVER NUGGETS
Contract: 2y, $22.4M

The Nuggets don't really have a clear path going forward, after letting HC George Karl go and losing GM Masai Ujiri to the Raptors last offseason.  They don't have a playoff caliber roster out west and are tapped out salary-wise.  If they decide to rebuild, trading Gallinari could be a palatable option.  He's due over $22M in the next two years and missed all of this past season, so he looms as a question mark for Denver.  When healthy, he provides very good scoring, including from behind the arc where he's a career 36.7% three-point shooter.  He also has enough size that he's more than capable of playing as a stretch-four in a small ball lineup.  Gallinari would be a great fit if he becomes available.  Wilson Chandler could also be available.

PACIFIC DIVISION

HARRISON BARNES - SF - GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
Contract: 3y, $12M

The Warriors created a logjam on the wings when they signed Andre Iguodala this past offseason.  They've insisted that they won't be trading Klay Thompson, so that could leave Barnes as the odd man out.  Barnes hasn't stood out in any one area of his game to this point in his career, but he's only 21 and blessed with a variety of physical tools.  Improving his ability to finish inside the arc will be pivotal to having a successful career, as he only converted 41.9% of his two-point attempts this year.  However, he would be an instant upgrade over Smith at SF as his offense is set to improve and he profiles as an above average defender; thanks in large part to a nearly 7'0 wingspan.

JARED DUDLEY - SF - LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
Contract: 2y, $8.5M

The Clippers were hoping that Dudley would stretch the floor for them this season, but it just hasn't happened.  While he shot 36% from three this season, that wasn't enough to mask the other weaknesses in his game, forcing LA to sign Danny Granger and Hedo Turkoglu to fill Dudley's minutes.  The Pistons could get Dudley for little in return and plug him in to the SF position, hoping he finds his stroke again.  Dudley is a career 39.7% shooter from the outside, so he would be worth taking a chance on, in my opinion.

2 comments:

  1. Wilson Chandler might be just right. What about buying low on Otto Porter? I've heard Jordan Hamilton mentioned a possibly good fit.

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    1. Buying low on Porter might be a good long term investment. He looked rough when I saw him last year though. I think the injury really set back his development.

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