Wojnarowski reports that after a lengthy deliberation, Cunningham will be the first overall pick tonight, and that Detroit intends to keep the pick and bring Cade to Detroit.
ESPN Sources: The Detroit Pistons have landed on a decision to select Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham with the No. 1 pick in tonight’s NBA Draft (ESPN and ABC at 8 PM ET).— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 29, 2021
Cunningham has spent most the year as the consensus No. 1 player in the draft, but there has been rumors of intense internal deliberations in Detroit about what to do with the first overall pick, with the debate centered on Cunningham, explosive guard Jalen Green, dominant big man Evan Mobley and also the potential to trade down in the draft.
Every story has also said Detroit’s price to trade the pick was extremely high, and that the front office was torn not in the sense that they didn’t believe the hype surrounding Cunningham, but that they viewed the top tier of the draft to be extremely close between the top three players.
Rumors of draft trades with Houston and Oklahoma City have emerged in recent days, and Woj writes that there is still potential that a trade comes in that Detroit can’t refuse, but barring that, Cade is their guy.
Trade offers to move up the board -- including to No. 1 -- continue to come, so there's always the possibility that a proposal could blow the Pistons away. But if they're taking the pick for themselves at No. 1 tonight, they're taking Cade Cunningham, sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/qYbIEvOeTL— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 29, 2021
The decision was reportedly made early Thursday morning after a Wednesday meeting with Cunningham. The team had also reportedly secured a workout with Evan Mobley and had Jalen Green in for two workouts before making this decision.
The NBA Draft begins tonight at 8 p.m. Nothing is official until the name is read out loud and no trades are agreed to. But Pistons fans can at least breathe a little bit easier now.
It’s Cade Time in the Motor City.