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Before the lottery, Oklahoma State star Cade Cunningham was the prize at No. 1. Cunningham's move to Detroit, now that the Pistons have the selection, may seem obvious. The Pistons won't lock themselves in to that selection until the draft arrives.
Troy Weaver, general manager of the Pistons, stated that trading for the No. Ron Beard, of the Detroit News, said that trading the No. 1 pick was "an option".
The Pistons may also be open to considering other prospects for their top pick. In theory, there could be a trade.
"Sources tell us that Evan Mobley and Jalen Green are also being considered for Detroit," James Edwards III of The Athletic wrote recently.
Trading down one or two spots could prove to be extremely beneficial if the Pistons value a prospect like Green, Mobley or Cunningham as much as Cunningham. Detroit could potentially get additional capital to help its rebuild, while also gaining a building block for the future.
This plan would not work if a team like Houston, Cleveland, or any other, would be able to covet Cunningham enough to make the move to the top of draft to acquire him.