Report: Pistons using Stanley Johnson as trade chip

The Stanley Johnson experiment is reportedly on its last legs in Detroit.

The Detroit Pistons are ready to part ways with the third-year forward, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. Johnson's name has come up in trade discussions as the Pistons have been aggressively trying to make a move before the deadline.

Johnson started 22 of his first 23 games for Detroit this season before being forced out of the starting lineup due to injuries and poor play. Johnson has averaged just 7.3 points on 34.8 percent shooting from the field.

The Pistons drafted Johnson eighth overall in 2015 out of the University of Arizona for his defensive prowess. However, the team has been 4.5 points better defensively with Johnson sitting.

With the emergence of Reggie Bullock - who has started the last 14 games for Detroit, shooting 50 percent from three - Johnson has become expendable.

At 22 years old, Johnson still carries some potential and the Pistons are hoping to improve their perimeter play in a deadline deal, but are unwilling to part ways with rookie guard Luke Kennard, according to the report.

After a hot 14-6 start to the year, the Pistons have gone 8-12 since. Detroit is currently ranked seventh in the Eastern conference.

Report: Pistons using Stanley Johnson as trade chip
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