ESPN's Chad Ford: Pistons Interested In Trading Up For Cousins Or Favors

The Pistons have set their sights on a big man and are willing to trade the 7th pick and other assets in order to move up in this year's draft, Chad Ford reports.

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Chad Ford Still Hearing Pistons Looking To Trade Up

In a draft day buzz column on ESPN Insider, Chad Ford stated once again that he is hearing that the Detroit Pistons are looking to move up and draft a big man.

The Pistons have been searching for a big and would love to get their hands on either DeMarcus Cousins or Derrick Favors. The Spurs and Thunder also are in the hunt for a big and have targeted a number of teams in the lottery to move up a few spots. The Thunder have multiple picks to offer. The Spurs have Tony Parker or George Hill. While the Spurs aren’t necessarily shopping either player, they’re not untouchable, either. If the Spurs can get another big man to help prolong Tim Duncan’s career, they’ll do it.

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ESPN's Ford: Pistons Interested In Trading Up For A Big Man In The 2010 NBA Draft

The Detroit Pistons went 27-55 last season and finished dead last in the Central Division, their worst showing since 2000-01 when they won 30 games and also finished in the Central cellar. They have the seventh pick in this year's draft, but draft guru Chad Ford of ESPN.com says they may make a trade to move up if it means grabbing a big man with potential. In response to a chat question about the possibility of Detroit moving up, Ford said:

Pistons can offer No. 7 plus either Tayshaun Prince's expiring contract or perhaps one of their young assets like [Jonas] Jerebko or Austin Daye to get up there. They are talking to teams. [DeMarcus] Cousins really interests them as does [Derrick] Favors.

Just two days after the draft lottery determined Detroit would pick seventh, Kevin Sawyer of Detroit Bad Boys, SB Nation's Pistons blog, explored all the possibilities in detail, among them trading up. He believes the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have the fourth pick, would be interested in dealing with Detroit. He suggests the Pistons send Prince and the seventh pick to Minnesota for Ryan Gomes, Ramon Sessions, Ryan Hollins, and the fourth pick. His rationale, for both teams?

The Timberwolves save money, upgrade at two positions instead of one, and still have Al Jefferson to parlay into a solution at the two or three. The Pistons get their big man of the future, and a chance to take a look at Sessions, who some (especially here) think has star potential.

We'll see how it all plays out when the NBA Draft starts on Thursday, June 24th.

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