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Report: Pistons and Suns at impasse on Luke Kennard trade

Pistons guard Luke Kennard vs. Suns

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 21: Luke Kennard #5 of the Detroit Pistons drives to the basket against the Phoenix Suns on March 21, 2019 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

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DETROIT – The Pistons and Suns are playing.

After the game – despite trade talks between the teams – Kennard won’t switch locker rooms.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Kennard is a 23-year-old who can shoot, handle and pass. He’s under team control another two seasons.

The Pistons might hold doubts about giving Kennard a big contract extension next offseason. But players like him hold significant value. Detroit isn’t rushing to deal him.

Phoenix is probably right to hold a hard line on pick protection. Kennard’s athleticism likely limits his ceiling below stardom. A high first-round pick has more upside, an important consideration in a star-drive league.

This doesn’t preclude Kennard from getting dealt elsewhere before tomorrow’s deadline. But teams are generally reluctant to trade good players who are in just their third season. It’s interesting the Suns got so far in negotiations for Kennard. That doesn’t mean another team will.

The Pistons have several other players who could be dealt by tomorrow – including Langston Galloway and Markieff Morris (more likely), Andre Drummond and Derrick Rose (less likely).