No longer viewed as a possible cornerstone player, Detroit Pistons small forward Austin Daye is currently being actively shopped around the league according to a report by Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
Still just 24 years old despite being in his fourth NBA season, the 6'11, 200-pound Daye has played in just six games this year for Lawrence Frank's Pistons. Although he appeared to be developing quite nicely following a 2010-11 campaign where he averaged 7.5 points and shot 40.1% from three-point range as a part-time player, Daye's lack of strength and poor rebounding ability each continue to limit his growth as an interior player.
While his outside shooting and ridiculous wingspan made him a coveted commodity coming out of Gonzaga four years ago, Daye's inability to guard certain positions at the defensive end has often made him a difficult option to rely on during his career. His massive 6'11 frame also appears to contradict his perimeter-oriented style of play and, while some players are able to overcome this, Daye has yet to prove to opponents that he is a threat to score inside in addition to out.
The No. 15 overall selection back in 2009, Daye's market value right now does not even appear to be in the same stratosphere that it once was just two to three seasons ago. The Pistons may not be willing to give Daye any more time to develop, but it's still hard to imagine Joe Dumars being able to pick up anything tangible in return considering Daye's nonexistent trade value.