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Detroit Pistons News: Looking To Rebound vs. Knicks, Latest On Grant Trade Speculation, More

Detroit Pistons News: Looking To Rebound vs. Knicks, Latest On Grant Trade Speculation, More

The Detroit Pistons are nearing the end of what has been a long and painful year.

The strong play of rookie first overall pick Cade Cunningham hasn’t been enough to help the Pistons improve here in 2020-21. They boast the league’s worst record at 5-27 and are well on their way to a third straight losing season.

The once-proud franchise has recorded one winning season dating back to 2008-09, and they haven’t won a single postseason game since 2008.

Detroit has lost three games in a row, and 17 of their last 18 overall; the team only recently ended a 14-game losing streak on Dec. 19 against the Miami Heat.

The Pistons will look to get back in the win column when they host the New York Knicks on Wednesday (7:00 p.m. EST). This will mark Detroit’s final home game of 2021, and then they’ll host the San Antonio Spurs on New Year’s Day (7:00 p.m. EST).

Tom Thibodeau’s Knicks have been one of the NBA’s most disappointing teams thus far. They finished fourth in the Western Conference a year ago with a 41-31 record, but they’ve been playing below .500 basketball throughout December and find themselves sitting outside of the play-in picture.

Wednesday will mark the second meeting between the Pistons and the Knicks this season. New York defeated Detroit 105-91 at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 21.

The Knicks are a small favorite against the home team Pistons. Online Gambling in Michigan, especially for NBA, is extremely popular and some sites such as FanDuel are offering promos with risk-free bets.

Pistons Reportedly Receiving Plenty Of Calls For Jerami Grant

Pistons Reportedly Receiving Plenty Of Calls For Jerami Grant

Grant is currently sidelined as he continues to recover from surgery to fix torn ligaments in his right thumb.

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According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers are “among the teams pursuing” Grant. Charania noted that the Pistons front office receives calls from “Dozens of teams” on a weekly basis, and the club “is open to a possible deal.”

The 27-year-old Grant has two years remaining on his contract after 2021-22.

Following last season’s career year that saw him average 22.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, Grant has proved that 2020-21 was no fluke. He’s averaging 20.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

The struggling Lakers (16-18), undoubtedly need another star to accommodate LeBron James and Anthony Davis. And adding Grant to team up with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum could help Portland emerge as a legitimate contender in the crowded West.

But there figures to be plenty of competition for Grant’s services, given how wide-open the playoff races are in both conferences.

The Pistons remain in a lengthy rebuilding period and could use plenty of assets (draft picks and young players) in exchange for Grant.

With another high-end draft selection on the way in 2022, trading Grant for the right price could really help accelerate the rebuild.

Cade Cunningham’s Latest Rookie Of The Year Odds

Through the first two of the season, the 2022 NBA Rookie of the Year award is a tight three-way race between Cunningham, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Evan Mobley and Toronto Raptors forward Scottie Barnes.

Through Dec. 27, Barnes — the No. 4 overall selection — led all rookies with 15.6 points per game. Cunningham is a close second behind Barnes with 15.3 PPG, while Mobley is fifth (also behind Franz Wagner and Jalen Green) with 13.8 PPG.

Mobley and Barnes are each averaging 8.3 rebounds per game, which is tied for tops among all first-year players. But Barnes has been the better shooter, making 49.4 percent of his shots from the field, whereas Mobley is shooting 47.4 percent.

Along with his 15.3 PPG, Cunningham is averaging 6.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. Simply put, this is a very close race that is far from being determined. There is plenty of time for Cunningham to catch Mobley and Barnes.