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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January 27, 2021 | 5:15 pm EST Update
Shams Charania: NBA will reschedule certain postponed games in first half of the season — instead of the second half. Changes: – Blazers-Wizards: Feb. 2, (previously second half) – Wizards-Hornets: Feb. 7 (previously Jan. 20) – Blazers-Hornets Feb. 7: postponed to second half
Shams Charania: One new NBA player tested positive for coronavirus out of 492 tested since Jan. 20, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium . Down from 11 positives last week and 16 the prior week.
January 27, 2021 | 3:51 pm EST Update
Mark Berman: Stephen Silas on @Kevin Porter: “We’re still trying to work through that. He’s been here and he’s been great. He’s been attentive. We’ve been doing individual stuff with him as well as today he joined the team stuff and we’re just integrating him slowly.” #Rockets pic.twitter.com/QAx0PUfoU7