The LA Clippers have completed a three-team trade with the Detroit Pistons and Brooklyn Nets, announced Lawrence Frank, Clippers President of Basketball Operations. The Clippers acquired Pistons guard Luke Kennard, Pistons center Justin Patton, the draft rights to Jayden Scrubb (Nets 55th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft) and four second-round draft picks (Portland 2023, Detroit 2024, 2025, 2026).
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Rod Beard: #Pistons Stefanski on Luke Kennard trade talks: “Luke is well respected and well liked by other NBA teams…I think he’s a really good basketball player in today’s game.”
The source said Kennard was never made available by Detroit, either, adding that he is the Pistons’ top asset, so the Pistons would need to be “blown away” by an offer for a player who would simply be added to Boston’s bench corps. According to the source, the Celtics were pursuing slightly lower-cost options, like Pistons big man Christian Wood, but nothing materialized.
Gina Mizell: One hour until the NBA trade deadline. No moves for the #Suns yet, despite this week’s reports about discussions with the Pistons for Luke Kennard. Oh yeah, the Suns played in Detroit last night. theathletic.com/1582716/2020/0…
Sam Amick and John Hollinger: Detroit, per sources, is open for business and willing to discuss anyone on the roster. What that means, specifically, remains to be seen. But the reported discussions between the Pistons and Phoenix about guard Luke Kennard, it would appear, are only the beginning. The aforementioned Drummond dynamic is trickier now, though, as the Pistons appear to find themselves with a weak market for the 26-year-old and a tough choice ahead.
Two sources with firsthand knowledge of the situation confirmed the Pistons are receiving trade calls from teams seeking to make a deal for Kennard. One source cautioned the Pistons were not close to making a deal. The information suggests the Suns aren’t the only team interested.
A source tells the Free Press “there is interest on both sides” but the franchises are “not there yet on the pieces that will make it work.” Early analysis says the 2020 draft is weak, but it’s always better to have more picks when losing. A deal could yield a first-round pick in another draft.
Jeff Zillgitt: New-ish front office/coaching staff that didn’t select Kennard and are forging different direction. Also hearing that owner Tom Gores has been convinced making the playoffs regularly as seventh/eighth seed isn’t the answer, especially with a high payroll.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Luke Kennard on trade rumors: “It’s that time of year.” pic.twitter.com/LwE2NCi50A
Adrian Wojnarowski: Detroit and Phoenix are discussing a deal centered on guard Luke Kennard, league sources tell ESPN. Suns’ first-round pick is in play. Kennard has missed 22 straight games with bilateral knee tendinitis.
Luke Kennard: This is where things get spicy. Before knee tendinitis sidelined him, Kennard was averaging a career-high 15.8 points and 4.1 assists while shooting 39.9 percent from 3 on a decent number of attempts. He has been considered part of the Pistons’ future. Yet a source said Kennard, who is guaranteed $5.2 million next season, has been made available in trade discussions.
What about Galloway’s Detroit Pistons teammate Luke Kennard or NBA free agent Jeff Green. Add those names to the list of wing players the Sixers have expressed interest in acquiring in a trade and/or free agent signees, according to multiple league sources. One source confirmed that Green worked for the Sixers in Miami while the team was there to face the Heat a couple of weeks ago.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Stefanski on Luke Kennard: “People wanted him traded at the deadline. Luke is terrific. Arguably, Luke was our best player in the series vs. MIL. He’s only two years in.”
In order to potentially tip Memphis away from the Jazz’s offer, which will likely involve Ricky Rubio, a 2019 first-round pick and an assortment of contracts to make the finances match up, Detroit will have to go one step further in the asset department. Jackson and a first-round pick won’t get it done. Rubio’s contract comes off the book next year, so in order for the Grizzlies to be enticed to hold onto Jackson for another year, the Pistons will likely have to add in second-year guard Luke Kennard, who is of interest to Memphis, according to a league source, and the only tangible asset on the roster.
To piggyback off the last topic, one reason the Pistons are stuck in the mud as the deadline approaches is because they don’t have any assets opponents are drooling over. Kennard, according to a source, has been of interest to some teams over the last 1.5 seasons, but Detroit hasn’t shown any interest in giving him up.
But the Detroit Pistons rookie has already popped up in a trade rumor. That’s the way it goes when your team is mired in a seven-game losing skid after the latest setback — a 121-108 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday afternoon. It’s just part of the business. “Guys have told me that,” Kennard said shortly after the loss. “Some of our vets, they’ve been on multiple teams. It’s a business. Whatever position you’re put in, you have to try to make the best of it.”
Teams have also asked Detroit about rookie Luke Kennard, per league sources, though the Pistons don’t appear to be interested in moving their 2017 first-round pick.
Vincent Ellis: As Woj hinted, I gather #Pistons guard Luke Kennard is drawing intense interest from opposing teams as trade deadline approaches. Front office weighing win-now vs. hanging onto assets for the future. Tough balancing act.
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September 18, 2021 | 9:28 pm EDT Update
The Houston Rockets have waived forward Tyler Bey. This waiver was necessary to create the roster spot for Houston to re-sign Dante Exum. The Rockets signed Bey to a fully non-guaranteed training camp contract in late-August.
September 18, 2021 | 5:41 pm EDT Update
You’re here for at least the next five years now that you’ve signed an extension. Do you allow yourself to think – or dream – about what might come over that time span since you’ve talked openly about wanting to win a title in New York? Have you allowed yourself to think about how things might progress? Julius Randle: Obviously, it’s a process. Everything is a process. We’ve been building this from the ground up. But for me, personally, that is the expectation (winning a title in New York). That’s what I want to happen within that time frame. There’s a lot of things, factors that go into that. So obviously you’ve got to weigh that stuff in.
Julius Randle: But as far as myself, I know Thibs (Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau) is thinking (it as well), it’s just win at all costs. For me personally, that’s just how I prepare myself. I prepare myself to compete at the highest level of our game. Like I said, there’s a lot of factors (that go into winning an NBA title). But I trust Leon (Knicks president Leon Rose), I trust Thibs, Wes (Knicks vice president William Wesley), our coaches, Scott (Knicks GM Scott Perry) – all these guys, I trust. That was part of my process in thinking of signing the extension and that’s my goal, that’s our goal as a team and the guys that are around us. We want to be able to say that we won a championship here in New York. I don’t think there’s any better feeling than that.
Did you guys see the video clip of Trae Young at the Garden with WWE? Do you care about that stuff? Julius Randle: Yeah I see it. But honestly, I don’t care. Obviously, that’s (for) entertainment purposes and all that (stuff), so I let people enjoy it. For me, honestly, I don’t care. I honestly didn’t even watch it. Knicks fans, they’re going to make a big deal out of it – they didn’t like it (laughs). But it’s all fun and games and hopefully they enjoyed it.
September 18, 2021 | 12:10 pm EDT Update
The Rockets have officially re-signed guard Dante Exum and waived Tyler Bey to create a roster space for him, according to the NBA’s transactions log. Hoops Rumors’ JD Shaw was the first to report the Bey transaction (Twitter link). With John Wall not expected to play for the team this season as it seeks to trade him, the Rockets were in the market for another point guard. The Rockets’ interest in Exum surfaced on Tuesday.