The latest Pistons rumor is that the Pistons are targeting Amare Stoudemire. Marion to Detroit is more likely, but probably still a stretch. A Sherrod Blakely explains.
“….But there’s just one glitch … the Pistons have very little the Suns would want, other than two first-round picks, neither of which is in the lottery.
One of the unwritten rules in trades is that you don’t give up big men for perimeter players. The Pistons’ most attractive assets are perimeter players. And when you look at that Phoenix club, if there’s one thing they don’t need, it’s more perimeter players.
Salary-wise, you could trade Rasheed for Amare, straight-up. I don’t know Phoenix’s new GM Steve Kerr that well, but he can’t possibly be gullible enough to fall for this deal. Even if the Pistons threw in both of their first-round picks, I just don’t see that being enough incentive to give away a player of Stoudemire’s caliber and youth (he’s only 24 years old).
Now don’t get me wrong. Joe D. would love to add a player like Amare to the mix, especially if the only body it would cost him, is Rasheed Wallace. Stoudemire would be a great fit in Detroit … or any other team, for that matter. But the most tradable assets Detroit has are in the backcourt, and there’s no way that the Suns are going to give up an All-NBA big man for any combination of Detroit perimeter players and not get a big man (not named Nazr Mohammed) in return.
A more likely scenario would involve Detroit making a deal for Shawn Marion. He’s not all that thrilled about being the best all-around talent on that team, but still taking a back seat to Steve Nash and Amare.
And with both Detroit and Phoenix looking to do maybe a little more than tweak their roster this summer, a Sheed-for-Shawn trade, with a couple more players thrown in and possibly some cash and/or draft picks, may be just what both teams need right now.”