NBA Power Rankings week 16: OKC Thunder and teams post deadline

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Steven Adams #12 of the OKC Thunder shoots the ball against the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Previous: 24th. Detroit Pistons. 27. team. 64. . 19-36

Detroit Pistons:

Offense: (109.4) 18th
Defense: (111.8)  21st
Net: (minus -2.4) 22nd

Results Week 16: (1-3) Won vs. Suns: 116-108, Lost vs. Grizzlies: 82-96 Thunder: 101-108 Knicks: 92-95
Games Week 17: (2 games) Mon vs. Hornets | Weds at Magic

Consider the Pistons lottery bound and one of the most confusing teams in the Association. The move to send Andre Drummond to the Cavaliers for what seems like a very small return serves as a cautionary tale for other franchises.

Detroit jumped on trying to move Drummond and Derrick Rose early in the season. Something that rang untrue was the copious reports of teams being interested in these players. Surely, if that was the case those players would have both departed and the AD trade would’ve netted far more than what Detroit got.

Coming to the Pistons are John Henson and Brandon Knight plus the less favorable of the two 2023 second-round picks the Cavaliers own. Both players are on expiring contracts.

For those who bought into the multiple trade articles for AD and Rose they offer an example of how agents and franchises can try to plant untruths in order to drum up offers. In this case, the camps were too aggressive and asked for packages beyond reason. The result was Detroit moving Drummond for what boils down to a second-round draft pick since Henson and Knight will be free agents this offseason.