Teams from around the NBA are calling the Detroit Pistons about the availability of second-year player Stanley Johnson, who has struggled during his sophomore campaign.
The report comes from former Pistons beat writer and current Bulls multimedia (super)star Vincent Goodwill. One can assume Goodwill has quality sources within the Pistons organization.
Here is Goodwill, via csnne.com:
D-LEAGUE NOW, TRADE LATER FOR JOHNSON?
Whatever is going on in Detroit between Stan Van Gundy and second-year swingman Stanley Johnson looks like it’s headed toward critical mass with the coach/president sending Johnson to the D-League for a short stint over the weekend.
Johnson hasn’t gotten consistent playing time and Van Gundy has called him out publicly, while also suspending him for a violation of a team rule over a week ago. Just a year ago, Johnson was trash talking LeBron James in the first round of the playoffs and was viewed as the Piston with the highest long-term potential.
Now, one has to wonder if he’s on the trading block.
Sources have told CSNChicago.com the Pistons have resisted overtures for Johnson but with the recent developments, expect executives for rival teams to be more aggressive.
No one can deny what Johnson can physically bring to the table and if teams view him as an undervalued commodity by the Pistons, things can get interesting with the trade season kicking off December 15. – by Vincent Goodwill
Some of this seems rather speculative, ascribing “critical mass” to a one-game stint in the D-League, saying “one has to wonder,” etc. However, a key takeaway is that the Pistons are currently resisting “overtures for Johnson,” and that viewpoint is actually ascribed to sources.
Detroit Bad Boys has already discussed why there is no need to panic despite Johnson’s reduced role and his slow development.
It is no surprise that rival execs would call a team about a young prospect who is out of the rotation and seems to have fallen out of favor with the staff, but that’s really just doing due diligence.
There is no sense that Detroit is looking to make a deal or that Johnson is not in their long-term plans.