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Mason Plumlee Update: Trade Or Keep?

It’s a good question for the Detroit Pistons but make no mistake: Plumlee can still help a team

Detroit Pistons v Philadelphia 76ers
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 8: Wayne Ellington #8 of the Detroit Pistons and Mason Plumlee #24 of the Detroit Pistons talk during a game on May 8, 2021 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Several years ago, Coach K pointed out something that, in retrospect, is pretty obvious: with the exception of a few guys, almost everyone in the NBA is, to some extent or another, a role player.

So once you get past Steph, LeBron, Giannis, Zion, Jayson, Trae, Luka and a few others, everyone is down in the galley rowing hard.

And that includes former Blue Devil Mason Plumlee.

One of the three Plumlee brothers to play at Duke and win national championships, Mason is the last one in the league (Miles had injuries which cut his career short though he has played overseas too and Marshall of course opted to join the Army and is now America’s biggest Ranger).

He’s a solid big man and an excellent passer and, most likely a positive influence on any team.

But role players are expendable - great players are too in certain situations - and this article looks at the pluses and minuses of trading Plumlee.

He was a lot of fun at Duke and was well-regarded enough to play for Team USA in the 2014 World Cup.

He could certainly be traded but whoever gets him would be picking up a real asset.