after, after approval to send Jeramy Grant to me Trail BlazersThe pistons will target suns Center Dender Eaton In free agency, sources say James L. Edwards from The Athletic. Eaton will be a restricted free agent, so Phoenix can match any offer it receives, but there is speculation that it may be on the move due to Desire to get maximum hold Reported Confrontation with the coach Monty Williams in the playoffs.
Detroit will head to the free agent market with approximately $43 million in cap space once the grant deal is finalized. Edwards says the Pistons could use it to explore trading opportunities if Ayton re-signs with Suns or is traded elsewhere. He adds that the general manager Troy Weaver You won’t feel pressured to go through it all during the break. The organization may provide some space to take unwanted contracts and obtain draft assets.
With their obligations to Blake Griffin Finally finished, the pistons are having maximum flexibility for the first time in many years, Edwards notes. They want to build an exciting and competitive team around them Kid Cunningham They hope that Eaton will be part of that group.
There’s more in bonus trading:
- The deal with Portland is the best offer the Pistons have received in exchange for Grant, according to Edwards’ sources. He adds that potential trades with other teams have been discussed, dating back to the February deadline, but no official offers have delivered a better return than the Blazers’ recruiting selection package.
- Circulating the starting force forward may indicate that the pistons are focusing on them Keegan Murray With a fifth pick in Thursday’s draft, but Edwards cautions it’s not a forced result. Jaden Ivy It will also be considered if available in addition to Benedict Mathurin. As Edwards points out, Isaiah Stewart or be honest with you He could replace Grant, allowing the team to focus on other positions in the draft. With newly found cover space, Edwards suggests the Pistons might try to get a pickaxe late in the lottery if they like a big guy. Galen Doreen still available.
- Damian Lillardagent, Aaron Goodwintrade endorsed, Tweets Aaron Fentress of Oregonian. He said it shows the “Blazers are competing”.
- Zach Harper from The Athletic Trail gives Blazers a B and Pistons A C-plus in its scores for the bargain. He notes that Grant has been very productive during his two seasons in Detroit and provides Portland with a path back quickly to contender status. Harper adds that the trade makes sense for the Pistons’ rebuilding effort, though it’s a long time to wait for Milwaukee’s first-round pick in 2025.
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