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NBA Trade Rumors: 5 players unlikely to be back with the Detroit Pistons for the 2020-21 season

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Philadelphia 76ers vs Detroit Pistons
Amith Sreedhar
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The Detroit Pistons haven't won a single NBA playoff game in the last 12 years. After another disappointing regular season this year, the Pistons will be under pressure to make some moves in the off-season and improve their roster. Based on some recent NBA trade rumors in this regard, the Pistons could look to off-load some veterans in order to rebuild their roster around a younger core.

Considering the same, let's take a look at five players who might not return to the Detroit Pistons' roster in the upcoming 2020-21 season.

NBA Trade Rumors: Five players unlikely to be back with the Detroit Pistons for the 2020-21 season:

The Detroit Pistons have two superstars in Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose, both of whom are no longer in their prime. They also have nine other players who will be entering the free agency market in 2020.

Considering these facts, it won't be a big surprise if the Pistons have a major shuffle in their roster in the upcoming off-season. On that note, let us have a look at five Detroit Pistons players who may have played their last for the franchise.


#1 Blake Griffin

Detroit Pistons Media Day
Detroit Pistons Media Day

There have already been a plethora of NBA trade rumors about Blake Griffin in the past few weeks. At age 31, Griffin is still one of the most explosive bigs in the league.

While he's no longer the player he once was with the Lob City Clippers, he can still score around 15 points a game and stretch the floor on the offense. Many teams who are in a win-now mode would love to have Griffin on their teams to bolster their frontcourts.


#2 Brandon Knight

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Detroit Pistons vs Phoenix Suns

Cleveland Cavaliers traded Brandon Knight to the Detroit Pistons as a part of the Andre Drummond deal in February 2020. In the nine games he played in Detroit, Knight has put up some good numbers and has shot the 3-ball exceptionally well.

However, Knight is already 28 years old and doesn't fit with the Pistons' plans of rebuilding around their young core. With the player becoming an unrestricted free agent in the upcoming off-season, the Pistons may not be too keen to bring him back for next season.


Also read: NBA Trade Rumors: 3 crucial decisions the Houston Rockets have to make this off-season.

#3 Derrick Rose

Detroit Pistons vs Phoenix Suns
Detroit Pistons vs Phoenix Suns

After suffering a series of injuries earlier in his career, Derrick Rose has seemingly put his injury issues behind him. With the Detroit Pistons last season, the 2011 MVP averaged 18.1 points and made 49% of his field-goal attempts.

As per NBA trade rumors, multiple teams are looking to add the veteran playmaker to their rosters in the off-season. Considering the fact the player is already 32, the Pistons might look to make the most out of his contract as they continue to rebuild around their young core.


#4 John Henson

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Detroit Pistons

Like Brandon Knight, John Henson was traded to the Detroit Pistons earlier this year by the Cleveland Cavaliers. While there's not much sample size to judge John Henson's fit on the Pistons' roster, he put up some decent numbers in the limited playing-time he received.

However, just like Brandon Knight, Henson is too old to be valuable for the rebuilding Pistons. As the 29-year-old will be a free agent this off-season, the Pistons will most likely let him walk away.


#5 Jordan McRae

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Detroit Pistons vs Washington Wizards

After Jordan McRae was waived by the Denver Nuggets earlier this year, the Detroit Pistons signed him in March 2020.

Despite scoring some points in the 11 games he played, Jordan McRae shot just 18.8% from downtown and made 32.6% of his field goals. Considering the fact that he is already 29 years old, the Pistons may not have any reason to bring him back for the next season.

Edited by Bhargav

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