KEY POINTS

  • Pistons set sights on LaMelo Ball
  • Trading draft pick holds no assurance of getting Ball
  • Pistons are committed to being relevant once more

The Detroit Pistons are picking seventh in the 2020 NBA Draft, but it appears that they are contemplating on plans to possibly move up.

Moving up is said to be an option according to general manager Troy Weaver although their target could be a long shot–LaMelo Ball.

If NBA mock drafts go accordingly, Ball is likely to be the top pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Nov. 18.

It is no secret that Minnesota has had its eyes on the 19-year-old cager, someone who is offensively gifted and can possibly change any NBA team’s offense for the 2020-21 season.

Hence, the only plausible and safe move that the Pistons will need to consider is to try and initiate a trade with the T-Wolves.

With Minnesota seemingly primed to add the brother of Lonzo Ball to the ranks, it will take a gigantic offer to convince the T-Wolves to agree to a trade.

But then again, the Pistons may not need to wait until draft night for that to happen. They could dangle an offer to the team that drafts Ball.

They could have good chances of doing so, seeing that former Piston and Motown native Jermaine Jackson Sr. is mentoring and managing the 19-year-old cager, ESPN reported.

If the options of the Pistons are not limited to Ball, moving up could make sense. The Golden State Warriors are open to offers for the second overall pick, possibly the best package that Detriot could get for now.

There is a chance the T-Wolves could go for Anthony Edwards instead, meaning it would be a 50-50 chance for the Pistons to snag Ball. That is a better probability than settling for zero chances.

If they stay at the 7th spot, the Pistons could end up settling for either Tyrese Haliburton or even Onyeka Okongwu. These are overlooked players in the 2020 NBA Draft class with most of the attention centered on Ball, Edwards and James Wiseman.

Whatever happens, Weaver guarantees that the Pistons are determined to return to relevance. It all starts with the 2020 NBA Draft where they will try to move up the ranks.

"I love the draft. I love it every year. I always look at the draft with a glass half full. Yeah, you may not have a Zion Williamson or a Ja [Morant], but there's guys in the draft that we really like," Weaver said.

LaMelo Ball of the Hawks in action during the round 9 NBL match between the New Zealand Breakers and the Illawarra Hawks at Spark Arena LaMelo Ball of the Hawks in action during the round 9 NBL match between the New Zealand Breakers and the Illawarra Hawks at Spark Arena Photo: Getty Images | Anthony Au-Yeung