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B/R’s Mock Trade Sends Cam Johnson to Pistons, Jaden Ivey to Nets

Last year, the Detroit Pistons were keen on trading for Brooklyn Nets forward Cam Johnson but didn’t manage to secure him.

According to Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley, the Pistons should renew their efforts to acquire Johnson, as he’s likely to be traded this offseason.

Buckley proposed the following trade:

– Pistons acquire: Cam Johnson

– Nets acquire : Jaden Ivey

“Detroit’s new front office has tinkered with its roster construction around Cade Cunningham. This trade would mark more than tinkering, but if it gives Cunningham a better backcourt fit, that’s all that matters. Ivey might be a blur with the basketball, but his shaky shooting and limited off-ball value have hurt this partnership. The Pistons could have interest in seeing whether Thomas, a superior shooter and something-out-of-nothing scorer, proves a better complement to Cunningham,” Buckley wrote.

Mikal Bridges(New York) was the first player the Nets agreed to trade this offseason, but he seems unlikely to be the last.

According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, Cam Johnson, is a potential trade candidate  to watch in Brooklyn this offseason as he could attract teams looking for shooting help.

The former Sun has made 39.2% of his career three-point attempts and is under contract for three more seasons, with his salary declining to $22.5 million in 2024/25 and to $20.5 million in 2025/26.

“This would functionally be a challenge trade, as each side would wager it could bring more out of the incoming player than his previous employer had. If the Pistons guessed right on Thomas, they’d give their offense some badly needed scoring punch while also improving the spacing and taking some heat away from Cunningham,” Buckley added.

Last season, Johnson averaged 17.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game. Over his career, he averages 11.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game.

Ivey, on the other hand, is in the second year of his rookie contract. Last season, he averaged 14.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. Iveys’ career averages so far stand at 14.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game.

Both the Pistons (17-65)and the Nets(32-50) missed the playoffs.

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