NBA Rumors: 3 Detroit Pistons To Hit Trade Market

The Monty Williams era in Detroit is off to a frightful start, as the team, despite a number of intriguing young talented players, is on an even worse pace than they were under Dwane Casey, now sitting at 2-18 after losing their 17th straight Saturday night.

Hanging on to any veteran assets past the trade deadline seems like a foolish thing to do at this point, and given that, according to NBA Insider Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports, three players at least will be on the trade block as the season progresses:

Bojan Bogdanovic

This is an obvious one, as the sharpshooting veteran was a trade candidate all last season as well, but the Pistons irrationally thought they could contend for a playoff spot this year and wanted to have his veteran leadership. He finally made his season debut after missing the first 19 games with a with a calf strain, and immediately drained 22 points, just about his average last season in Detroit. 

Like last year, plenty of teams will be anxious to try and pry the 34-year-old scorer away from the Motor City. They might have to lower their exorbitant asking price, however. 

Alec Burks

The 6'6" guard, still just 32, could easily be a nice piece on a playoff team, as he brings flexibility in his ability to play the point, shooting guard or small forward. He's once again averaging in double digits scoring (10.8) and shooting well from three (36.6%) in 19 minutes a game off the bench. According to Fischer, the Houston Rockets showed interest in Burks just before the season, when they were looking to unload Kevin Porter Jr. 

Monte Morris Jr.

A nice option as a backup point guard for a playoff team, Morris is in the final year of his deal at $9.8M. However, a right quad strain has kept him out all season thus far, and he's expected to be out until January. Not much time before the Feb. 8th trade deadline, though Morris is a known commodity, as he's been consistently able to produce about 10 points and 4 assists a game in 27 minutes a night. 

Although he wasn't mentioned, Joe Harris, currently injury, could make it onto this list if he's able to return and get back to hitting threes with the regularity he once did. 

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