According to KTSP's Darren Wolfson, the Detroit Pistons are one of four teams interested in acquiring veteran Guard Mo Williams, although Motown has a "small chance" in the Williams sweepstakes, it would indicate that the potential trade initially reported by MLive's David Mayo could have fallen through.
Mayo earlier reported that Stan Van Gundy offered Jonas Jerebko to the Miami Heat for a struggling Norris Cole, however, in a turn of events that has apparently plagued the Pistons, Pat Riley upped the ante and added Danny Granger to the trade discussions. Van Gundy cut off the talks, presumably due to his reluctance to take on an aging Granger who has a $2 million player option for the 2015-16 season. Since then, the Pistons have been linked to Minnesota's Mo Williams, who, although has suffered shooting the ball this season, is still averaging 12.5 Points and 6.4 Assists as the Timberwolves' backup point guard.
The 11-year veteran is on contract until the end of the year for $3.75 million, he would bring the Pistons leadership and a floor general able to distribute and, to a certain extent, be a threat from the three-point line. The Timberwolves would be ideal trade partners for the Pistons, who are looking to unload a newly redundant Jerebko and bench-warming Luigi Datome, whilst the Wolves are listening to offers for Williams, and are looking to honor Chase Budinger's trade request. Budinger, a DBB favorite, has two years, $10 million remaining on his contract, including a player option for next season. The 26 year-old former Arizona Wildcat shot 40.2% from deep during the 2011-2012 season prior to tearing his meniscus in 2013, since then, he has dealt with various injuries, which have limited him to 74 games in his first two seasons with Minnesota.
Considering Van Gundy turned down Granger's $2 million option, odds are Budinger's $5 million might be too much to gamble on for the Pistons. However, Mo Williams would prove to be a valuable piece for Detroit, and ticks all of SVG's pre-requisites for the job -- barring defense. For the deal to work however, it would mean that the Pistons would have to give up a pick, or possibly Jonas Jerebko's expiring contract. That being said, a return of Mo Williams would be far more desirable than one consisting of Norris Cole and Miami's spare parts.
Stan Van Gundy told Keith Langlois at Pistons.com that the Detroit would bring in their newest addition in this week, who would you rather see dress up in a Piston uniform come the end of the week?