3 Keldon Johnson trade partners that make sense, 3 that don't

The San Antonio Spurs are struggling and shaking things up by placing Keldon Johnson on the trade block, but which teams make sense as trade partners?

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Make Sense: Detroit Pistons

The Pistons and Spurs have been the two worst teams in the league over the last two seasons, and they could potentially help each other out in a trade. One option could be to send Johnson to the Pistons in exchange for Killian Hayes, Marvin Bagley III, and two future first-round picks.

Hayes is known for his playmaking and defense, but he is a poor shooter who is a tough fit in most lineups. Then again, he may be a better fit playing alongside Wembanyama and three other shooters. As for Bagley III, he has been a decent backup center but is overpaid and under contract next season for $12 million, making him a probable trade candidate.

The Spurs could take back his contract with the intention of using it in the summer or next season to help match his salary in another trade. Factor in the top-8 protected first-round picks in 2025 and 2027, and they probably couldn't say no to such a deal.

For the Pistons, moving on from Hayes and Bagley II would help clear out playing time for the likes of Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren while adding a more proven offensive player in Johnson. There's definitely potential for a good deal to be made between the Spurs and the Pistons.