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The Pistons are shopping Stanley Johnson and maybe one other former first rounder

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The Pistons are beginning to test the waters with a former first round pick as the NBA All-Star Break and February 8th trade deadline draws near.

According to ESPN.com’s Ian Begley, the Pistons are apparently giving the impression that forward Stanley Johnson, the former 8th overall pick in 2015 is available for trade at the right price.

Forward Stanley Johnson is one name that has come up in the Pistons’ conversations with other teams, per ESPN sources.

Opposing teams have come away with the impression that Johnson is available for the right return.

Johnson has never been able to find an offensive grove with Detroit, at least not as of yet or for what you’d expect from a guy who was a former top 10 pick out of Arizona. In 32 appearances this season, Johnson has managed 7.3 points per game with a 34.8 shooting percentage from the field. Johnson has also found himself coming under criticism from head coach Stan Van Gundy.

As far as what the Pistons are looking for in return for Johnson remains unclear. However according to ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Detroit recently engaged in trade talks with Orlando for Evan Fournier and it would seem like it’s certainly possible, and perhaps probable that Johnson name came up once or twice in those discussions.

Meanwhile, in addition to Johnson, the 2017 first round pick of the Pistons Luke Kennard has also been garnering trade interest from team contacting the Detroit front office.

Per ESPN:

It’s not a surprise, of course, that teams have asked the Pistons about Kennard in these early trade talks. Several teams were interested in Kennard leading into the 2017 Draft.

Kennard thus far is averaging 6.5 points in 17 minutes per game and knocking down 44 percent of his three-point attempts.

Despite the interest though, it seems like the Pistons are more interested in holding on to Kennard rather than shipping him out of town.

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