Dwane Casey calls Luke Kennard a great play-maker
With the trade deadline just a few weeks away, the Detroit Pistons are one of the teams who are looking to wheel and deal in order to improve their roster. Aside from Blake Griffin, everyone else on the roster could be traded, but the front office might ultimately decide to keep guard Luke Kennard.
In an interview with The Athletic’s James Edwards III, Pistons coach Dwayne Casey had high praises for the 22-year-old Kennard, who has been a key contributor for the Pistons the past couple of games.
“He’s probably our second-, third-best playmaker,” coach Dwane Casey said earlier this week. “I think Luke has shown that he’s going to be a dynamic wing player in this league.”
The Pistons will likely hold on to their young guys as much as possible, meaning they will also keep guys like Kennard and Stanley Johnson off of any trade talks. Instead, they might put Reggie Jackson and/or Andre Drummond in any trade package, especially if they would like to trade for guys like Bradley Beal and Dennis Smith Jr.
Much like his rookie season, Kennard has been averaging at least 20 minutes a game this year. However, he’s looked a lot better this year. While his season averages of 8.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.4 assists don’t look good on paper, those numbers will significantly increase if he will get more playing time.
This is not a guarantee that Kennard will still be a Piston by the end of the trade deadline, as teams like the Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks, and even Memphis Grizzlies would like to take back as many assets as they can in any potential trade. If Detroit would like to make the postseason, they should look closely at any trade offer they get, even if those include some of their young, promising players.