The Detroit Pistons pulled off a couple of deals at the 2022 NBA Draft, noticeably getting two of the most athletic players in this year’s class.

Initially, they took in Jaden Ivey after the Memphis Grizzlies passed on the Purdue guard. Moments later, the Pistons were involved in a transaction that allowed them to take in Jalen Duren from Memphis.

Hence, the Pistons were considered one of the biggest winners in the 2022 NBA Draft, possibly setting them to a potential return to prominence.

As most know, Jerami Grant is headed to the Portland Trail Blazers, a move initially seen to make room to pursue Deandre Ayton. But the initial plans may have been ruffled with the 2022 NBA Draft developments, hinting that the Pistons may no longer be inclined to go after the top pick of the 2018 NBA Draft.

Citing sources, James Edwards III of The Athletic claims that the Pistons have changed course. It appears the Pistons are now eager to build around the two young cagers in a bid to make it back to playoff contention.

The frontcourt of the Pistons looks promising. Ivey and Duren would join Isaiah Stewart as a young and formidable frontline. Further, it also saves the Pistons money.

As for Ayton, this means he may need to look for a different destination. Only a few teams could make sense for the 6-foot-11 center who played only for the Phoenix Suns since entering the league in 2018.

The San Antonio Spurs and the Indiana Pacers look like plausible landing spots. The Atlanta Hawks will be another team. In all, it would depend on the money that Ayton would be asking.

If not the aforementioned teams, a sign-and-trade could also be possible. The Suns are reportedly willing to match any max offer to Ayton. But most know that their working relationship is not that smooth.

Hence, Ayton could be a curious player to watch this NBA free agency.

Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns Getty Images | Christian Petersen

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