Pistons have few trade options

Terry Foster
The Detroit News

Auburn Hills — Two years ago, the Pistons selected Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in the draft ahead of Michigan point guard Trey Burke.

With the trade deadline at 3 p.m. Thursday, there's a chance — albeit a slim one — the two could be teammates.

The Jazz are entertaining offers for Burke, and are reported to be interested in Pistons forward Greg Monroe. Utah is also willing to part with center Enes Kanter.

The deal, however, is unlikely because of John Lucas III.

In three games with the Pistons, Lucas has been a solid backup at point guard to D.J. Augustin, who has been pushed into a starting role because of a season-ending Achilles injury to Brandon Jennings.

Plus, coach Stan Van Gundy doesn't want to give up assets for a playoff run this season that might not happen — the Pistons are two games outside the Eastern race.

As for Monroe, he'll be a free agent after this season, and it would benefit the Pistons to convince him to stay in Detroit.

If, however, the Pistons decided to make a move, there are other options.

■Pacers guard Chris Copeland is a 3-point specialist Van Gundy likes who has fallen out of favor with coach Frank Vogel.

■ESPNNewyork.com reported the Pistons inquired about veteran shooting guard Joe Johnson. He is making $23.1 million this year and $24.8 million next season.