NBA Rumors: Strangest possible OG Anunoby trade suitor emerges for Raptors

Why would this team even consider trying to get OG Anunoby?
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The Toronto Raptors appear to getting more involved in Pascal Siakam trade talks as the losses in the 2023-24 season continue to pile up. OG Anunoby is also on the market, even though it seems less likely they will move off a player who provides that much value on both ends of the floor.

Anunoby is getting targeted by contenders who what a player that can shoot well from 3-point range, lock down the best opposing player, and play multiple positions. In an unusual twist, it seems like one of the league's bottom feeders is trying to get involved in this mad dash for his services.

The Detroit Pistons have lost 22 consecutive games, having lost all of their games in November and December. Despite that, the front office seems to be eyeing a move that will get them back into the play-in race sooner rather than later.

James Edwards III of The Athletic reported that the Pistons have interest in Anunoby at the trade deadline, as they want a wing to pair with Cade Cunningham long-term. Tobias Harris, a former Piston, is also among the names Troy Weaver is targeting in a quick swoop that could improve this team.

NBA rumors: Pistons oddly targeting trade for Toronto Raptors' OG Anunoby.

Unless the Pistons are serious about trading away former No. 5 pick Jaden Ivey, who has often been bounced between multiple unusual roles, in addition to multiple lottery-level draft picks, their lack of available talent should prevent Toronto from even considering engaging with them.

If they do meet Toronto's demands, however, they could give a rebuilding Raptors team multiple prime picks to play with in addition to a young stud like Ivey, who can really boost this offense. Cunningham, Anunoby, Ausar Thompson, and whomever they would select in the 2024 NBA Draft would be the team's new core.

While the Raptors will likely give Anunoby a contract that far exceeds what he would get elsewhere, the Pistons have enough financial freedom to pay top dollar for his services. The fact these rumors are even out there could signal that Detroit will try to aggressively solve its myriad problems at every level in the next few months.

The Raptors will likely not trade Anunoby, and a move to a team like the Pistons that has no intentions of making the postseason this year or the next doesn't seem too interesting. The only way he wears Pistons blue is if Detroit comes through with a preposterous contract offer or selection of assets for Masai Ujiri to pick from.