The Detroit Pistons are on the clock in the 2021 NBA draft, in which they are widely expected to select Oklahoma State star Cade Cunningham with the No. 1 overall pick on July 29. What would a Pistons trade look like? What kind of haul could Detroit hope to receive in return? Our team of NBA experts offered some proposals for that scenario, breaking down the terms and the potential trade partners.
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Detroit Pistons receive: The No. 2 pick, the No. 24 pick, return of their protected 2022 first-round pick
Houston Rockets receive: The No. 1 pick, the No. 37 pick
Kevin Pelton: Although we’ve seen teams move up from No. 3 to No. 1, there has never been a swap of the top two picks in the same NBA draft like I’m proposing here. If the Pistons really prefer Jalen Green while the Rockets think Texas native Cunningham is the clear top prospect, why move up at all? Houston would in that scenario assure Detroit doesn’t trade the pick to someone else, and I think there’s a reasonable package to be found.