The Phoenix Suns are in conversations to secure Detroit Pistons guard Luke Kennard, league sources tell ESPN.
The Pistons’ interest with a deal centers on the chance to land a future Phoenix first-round pick, maybe when the 2020 NBA draft, league sources said.
Talks have picked up traction, yet there is no agreement in place, league sources said.
The teams are relied upon to talk again Tuesday.
The Suns are traveling to Detroit to play the Pistons on Wednesday.
Kennard has missed 22 consecutive games with bilateral knee tendinitis however is relied upon to return this season. The Pistons are battling to discover resources that can get them a significant return, and Kennard represents that opportunity for Detroit.
Suns’ VP of basketball operations Jeff Bower was part of a Detroit front office that drafted Kennard with the No. 12 pick in the 2017 NBA draft. Phoenix is believed to imagine Kennard in a significant 6th man pretending 30 or more minutes a game.
Kennard, 23, was averaging a career-best 15.8 points on 40% 3-point shooting before the knee injury sidelined him preceding Christmas. There has been trusting that Kennard could return post-All Star Break in February.