The Pistons were hopeful that they would have the Minnesota Timberwolves' second-round pick in next month's NBA draft, which is at the top of the second round, and 31st overall. But Joe Dumars, Detroit's president of basketball operations, said that is not going to happen.
"The T-Wolves have informed us that they're going to keep the pick this year," Dumars said via e-mail. That means the pick, which was acquired in exchange for Ronald Dupree, will belong to Detroit in the 2009 NBA draft, regardless of where it falls in the second round.
I'm pretty sure ASB is mistaken -- it's the 34th overall pick, no? -- but it's a moot point. The Pistons currently hold the 29th overall and 59th overall picks, and only their first-rounder has a snowball's chance of making the roster.
Flash forward to 2009 and the Pistons will have four draft picks: their own first and second, this one from Minnesota and one from Toronto as part of the Carlos Delfino deal. Who knows what the roster will look like by that point, but I have to imagine some of those picks will eventually change hands yet again.
Previously on DBB:
Joe Dumars looks back, plans ahead