The Detroit Pistons seem to have found the man they want to replace Brandon Jennings in Miami Heat point guard Norris Cole.
According to reports from Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com, Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy has finally decided on the man he wants to come in, with the two-time NBA Champion Cole being the man Van Gundy wants to bring in.
In what will come as sweet relief to the Pistons, the Heat are said to be very receptive to offers and the two sides are reportedly in talks.
Cole is definitely a downgrade on Jennings in every single way imaginable. He is quite woeful on offense, where he will in no way shape or form make up the 18 points per game that Jennings had been averaging since Josh Smith left Detroit.
Cole is shooting 38 percent on the year, has a 47 percent career true shooting percentage and has never been much of a ball handler with the Heat. His defense is pretty good but definitely not enough to justify his poor offense or playmaking skills. It's just an odd move all round.
The 26-year old Cole is averaging 6.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists a game. He has made 39 appearance so far this year, starting in 23 of those encounters.
We definitely got to get a third point guard, there's no question," said Van Gundy. "To go out and get a guy who would be a huge difference maker, you probably have to give up something that would hurt you down the road."
"We're not in panic time here. We're not going to do that and be sitting here in the summer kicking ourselves for trying to do something short-term that would hurt us in the long-term."
Because of SVG's comments and Cole's lack of output, this is so hard to see how Norris Cole counts as a long term gain when his performances just don't merit it.