Austin Daye: The background stuff is all good — Daye is 23, under contract for a reasonable $2.9 million for next season and 6-11 with skill. There’s just the little matter of his shooting 30.1 percent this season, which has caused him to fall out of Detroit’s rotation entirely. I can’t just dismiss a 400-minute sample with a 6.67 PER; on the other hand, he was a viable rotation player in his first two seasons, and I have to think the Pistons’ glut of combo-forward types has made it more difficult for him to gain traction. A change of scenery might be good for everybody.
Rather than give away Austin Daye, who I still think has plenty of talent, I’d rather the Pistons keep him and try to change the scenery around him. His contract is small enough that, if that plan fails, it’s no huge setback.
But if another team offered value for Daye – say, a high second-round pick – I wouldn’t hesitate to trade him.
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