The Pistons are a mess right now, obviously. However the Cavaliers are arguably even more of a mess right now. They've given up a first round pick and two second round picks for Luol Deng, a player who has recently been reported to be dismayed by the professionalism of the organization and has fallen just short of saying there's no way in hell he's staying in Cleveland next year. Their 2013 first round pick has been a disaster, their 2012 first round pick is reportedly (fairly or unfairly I don't know) a chemistry killer, and the world is slowly coming to the realization that Mike Brown is not a good coach (something I had been suspicious of a long time ago). As each day passes the less likely it seems that any talented player worth their while will want to sign with Cleveland in free agency.
Well then how will they get talent for their frontcourt, that is, shall we say, lacking? Through the trade of course! Do you think the Cavaliers would be willing to trade Luol Deng for Josh Smith? They want to win, and while getting Josh Smith is not a guarantee for winning, playing him at the four alongside Tristan Thompson would work a lot better than what they have right now. The $54 million contract might not look great to them, but I don't see a lot of other ways they're going to make their team better, and Josh Smith can be a solid player if he plays PF exclusively. It's of course a no-brainer for the Pistons. They can let Deng walk after the season, save a ton of cap room, and issue a mea culpa on the idea that putting J-Smoove in a position to take more jumpers was a good one.
Considering Cleveland essentially sent two 2nd round picks down the drain, I say Josh Smith and a 2nd round pick for Deng would be a doable trade. Now if you don't think they would be pull the trigger on this trade, what do you think the Pistons should do to entice them? Do you think this has even a chance of probability? I say probably not, given Joe Dumars being Joe Dumars, but it's nice to dream, and a fun thought exercise.
I also wonder what Cleveland fans would think of this trade. If you're a Cavs fan and you're reading this, I'm sorry for shit talking your team. I've got nothing against them, sometimes it's just more fun to shit talk a different team than your own team for once.