Detroit Pistons Searching Market For Veteran Guard

Detroit Pistons Searching Market For Veteran Guard

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Detroit Pistons are searching for a veteran guard to backup starting point guard Reggie Jackson.

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The Detroit Pistons made the first big splash heading into the National Basketball Association Trade Deadline, but the team might not be done making deals. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Pistons are searching the market for a veteran guard. 

Detroit is probably looking for a point guard rather than a shooting guard because the team just recently dealt away backup point guard Brandon Jennings and power forward Ersan Ilyasova to the Orlando Magic for Tobias Harris. Harris will replace Ilyasova in the lineup, but Jennings was a very reliable backup point guard, so Detroit will need to fill the void. 

The Pistons could look to Michael Carter-Williams, Jeff Teague, Jose Calderson, Randy Foye, Trey Burke, or former Detroit guard DJ Augustin. Of those players, the most reasonable player for the Pistons to chance is Augustin or Foye. 

Foye is a reliable three-point shooter for the Denver Nuggets and has played point guard and shooting guard during his career. He was the seventh overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics and is now averaging 6.0 points, 2.1 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game as a 32-year-old. 

Augustin is having  one of the worst seasons of his career with the Oklahoma City Thunder, so it would only make sense that he wants to get back to the spread pick-and-roll offense that head coach Stan Van Gundy and the Pistons offer. The 28-year-old has averaged 4.2 points, 1.9 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game in his seventh season at the professional level after being drafted ninth overall in the 2008 NBA Draft

As for Burke, it is very doubtful that the Utah Jazz would trade away the sharpshooter without getting a point guard of equal or greater value in return. 

Only time will tell for the Pistons, as they have until 3:00 PM ET on February 18th to make a deal. What other options should the Pistons explore? 

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