A trade involving the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons
The Milwaukee Bucks and the Detroit Pistons are two teams that have not been shy with each other regarding trade talks over the year. With this trade, Milwaukee gets a solid backcourt option off the bench, the first pick of this year’s second round, and a special talent in Jalen Duren.
I don’t know how many people reading this have had the opportunity to see Jalen Duren play so far in his NBA career, but buying his stock right now would be very smart. Duren’s sheer strength and will on the inside can’t be taught. He is relentless on both ends. Alec Burks would also be a very good replacement for Grayson Allen. It is not a huge upgrade defensively, but Burks has more of an all-around game than Allen. Acquiring Duren would also help add some much-needed youth to the league’s oldest team. Being able to retain Brook Lopez and letting Duren learn for him would be a huge benefit for Duren.
Arguably the best part about this hypothetical trade is that both teams benefit, and Detroit would seriously consider this trade if offered. The Pistons already have plenty of young players and picks, and acquiring Portis and Allen would help speed things up a little. Not to mention that the hiring of Monty Williams suggests that perhaps Detroit is indeed trying to speed things up and make the playoffs as soon as possible.