Detroit trade possibility

By Jason Wojciechowski on June 25, 2008 at 11:55 PM

Watching today's Germany-Turkey match on Tivo, I see that Baron Davis will not opt out of his contract with the Warriors, but also that Joe Dumars wants to acquire him by trading Rasheed Wallace and Chauncey Billups. Does that deal make any sense for Detroit? The move would presumably elevate Jason Maxiell to the starting lineup, which would result in a very small frontline. You don't absolutely need size to win, but it helps, and the Pistons would have basically none unless other moves were made in conjunction. Also, Maxiell is an energetic guy, but he brings nowhere near the level of skill that Rasheed does. Further, while Baron obviously upgrades the offense, he comes at a steep price: frontline defense because of the loss of Wallace; frontline scoring because of same; backcourt defense because Billups is vastly better on that end than Davis; and you're guaranteeing yourself that Rodney Stuckey will be your starting point fifteen or twenty times during the year because Davis is bound to get hurt. Isn't all of that a lot to trade for an offensive upgrade? Especially when combining improvements of Aaron Afflalo, Maxiell, Stuckey, and, especially, Tayshaun Prince might get you that same offense but without the cost? Does this really get the Pistons past the Celtics or the Cavs or Magic?