Add the Detroit Pistons to the list of teams interested in Kyrie Irving.
According to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, the Pistons are interested in Irving, and as he notes, coach and team president Stan Van Gundy told the Pistons’ official team site that Detroit has “had some level of conversation with the Cavs.”
For the Cavs, the Pistons do not make much sense as a trade partner. Other veteran point guards - notably Phoenix’s Eric Bledsoe and Miami’s Goran Dragic - are potentially available and better than Detroit’s Reggie Jackson. And unless the Cavs really, really like Stanley Johnson, the Pistons do not have the blue-chip young player on a rookie contract the Cavs are seeking in return for Irving.
Pistons get: Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson.
Clippers get: Andre Drummond, Stanley Johnson and a future Pistons first-round pick.
Cavaliers get: DeAndre Jordan and Reggie Jackson
But does that really make the Cavs any better? I’d argue no. And, again, it doesn’t give the Cavs what’s on top of their wish list. So, while the Pistons having interest makes sense, it’s hard to see Cleveland dealing Irving to Detroit.