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Pistons make a blockbuster trade with the Knicks

In recent history, The Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks have commonly been linked as  possible trade partners. So when rumors began to swirl that New York was interested in reacquiring Alec Burks as well going after Bojan Bogdanovic, it seemed inevitable that some type of agreement would likely be made. As of this afternoon, the two organizations were able to come to a common ground on a deal involving those two players. In exchanged the Pistons will receive Quentin Grimes, Malachi Flynn, Evan Fournier, Ryan Arcidiacono and two second-round picks.

The Pistons will be giving up two of their most effective veteran outside shooters. Both players are shooting over 40% from beyond the arc. Bogdanovic is averaging 20 points per game and Burks is averaging 12.6 points per game off the bench, while providing several stellar shooting efforts in the few wins the Pistons have enjoyed this year.

The majority of what Detroit will be receiving includes salary filler players and second round picks. The only appealing asset is Quentin Grimes. Quentin Grimes was originally a highly coveted first round pick by the Knicks back in 2021. Grimes was deemed untouchable in the deal that would have brought Donovan Mitchell to New York back in the summer of 2022. He is a 3 and D wing that was heavily touted as a guy that can shoot from the outside, provide tough defense at the point of attack, and had the athleticism to put the ball of the floor to create. He will now be reunited with his old backcourt mate of Marcus Sasser who he played alongside in Houston.

Jan 15, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Alec Burks (5) shoots the ball over New York Knicks guard Quentin Grimes (6) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

Conclusion

The loss of Bogdanovic and Burks will definitely hurt the Piston’s chances of turning things around this season. But with them both being 30 plus it was certainly time to sever ties as they do not fit their current timeline. Neither player was due any guaranteed money going into the summer so Detroit would have had to make a decision of whether or not to invest in them, at the price they would be asking for. In the end, if Quentin Grimes can develop into a solid 3 and D player that the Pistons direly need it may be worth the upfront deficit that they will inevitably experience.

Be sure to stay tuned to FFSN for more news on the NBA, and blockbuster trades, as the trade deadline for the season quickly approaches.

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