Player #1: Quentin Grimes
Grimes was one of the best young players traded at the deadline (and one that I lusted for) as he was dealt by the Knicks to the Pistons in a bigger deal that sent Alec Burks and Bojan Bogdanovic to the Big Apple. Grimes is a 6’5” shooting guard in his third year in the league.
He’s a good defender and a good shooter who has a nice combo of size, speed, and athleticism for his position. He never completely earned the trust of Tom Thibodeau in New York and didn’t get extended chances to grow and prosper.
But he showed a ton of promise and is a guy that could come alive given a bigger role, as he should get in Detroit. He would have been a perfect young shooting guard to slot into the Hornets lineup between LaMelo Ball and Brandon Miller. He would’ve been able to guard elite offensive guards on the defensive end, and help space the floor and add secondary creation on offense.
He would’ve been a natural fit at the young age of 23 and a guy would be reasonably affordable. He would have been a great piece for the Hornets to target in a deal that might have sent P.J. Washington to the Knicks. But alas, it wasn’t meant to be, and both teams went in different directions with their deadline day trades.