4. Pistons help the Wizards by buying before the deadline
Detroit won just three of their first 36 games, which included a historic losing streak. They have been the worst team in the NBA, but are rumored to be looking to buy (subscription required) before the Feb. 8 trade deadline. The Pistons must improve and are eager to add additional talent.
Joe Harris, Monte Morris, and Alec Burks are on expiring contracts, and Detroit will explore their markets. Could the Pistons flip Harris for Kuzma if they add some draft capital? Here is a hypothetical deal.
This trade could be the best offer because there is no guarantee the Pistons exit their rebuild. They owe a first-round pick to the Knicks that is top 18 protected this year. The protections carry through 2027 before it becomes a second-rounder. Detroit could trade their 2029 first unprotected, which makes this more likely.
Washington gets an expiring contract and three draft picks in this deal. The Pistons cannot deal a second-rounder until 2028, so the Wizards would have to wait for the selections to convey. Their patience may be rewarded, but it makes things difficult to predict.
The Washington Wizards may target a team a bit more desperate when offloading Kyle Kuzma, like one with a massive hole at the four and a desire to contend around a star point guard.