The Philadelphia 76ers are looking for reinforcements on the perimeter and among their targets are Detroit Pistons Langston Galloway and Luke Kennard, according to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Any deal the Sixers pull off in the trade market likely means parting with second-year guard Zhaire Smith, reports Keith Pompey.
Galloway being floated as a trade target surprises precisely zero Pistons fans as Langston is a reliable 3-point shooter and currently in the final year of his deal. With a rebuild on the horizon and with young guards working their way up the depth chart, it is unlikely the Pistons bring Galloway back following this season.
Speaking of rebuild, however, Kennard being included probably does confusing and concerns some fans.
Kennard is young, had a really good postseason performance in the playoffs last year and fought his way into the starting lineup. He’s not untouchable, but because of his skillset and his age it’s unlikely he would be included in any middling transactions. I can safely say a return of Smith and even a low first-round pick wouldn’t be enough for Detroit.
Maybe a bigger deal is brewing or maybe the Pistons offered Galloway for Smith and Philly brass countered with Kennard. Just the kind of front office gamesmanship you see as teams approach the trade deadline.
To be clear, that’s pure speculation on my part.
There are all kinds of trade rumors flying about the Pistons lately, and my general position is that if it’s made it’s way into the press a deal is highly unlikely.
However, it’s good that Detroit is exploring all options — especially for veterans such as Galloway and the oft-mentioned Andre Drummond, and that likely means the team should explore the market for Rose, who has been Detroit’s best offensive option this season.
It also means at least exploring the market for Kennard, who will be due an extension before too long and while he’s extremely gifted on the offensive end is by no means a two-way player.
Smith has played six games for the Sixers in two seasons (all his rookie year) and doesn’t have easy access to playing time as the team builds what it hopes is a title contender. He is averaging 6.7 points, 1.7 assists and 2.2 rebounds on 41.2% shooting and 37.5% from 3.
He’s played 15 games in the G League this season and is averaging 13.9 points, 2.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds. He has certainly not developed offensively as many had hoped and his elite athleticism hasn’t translated into success but is still only 20 years old.