Cunningham Impressed With Pistons, Detroit

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Likely No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham praised the Pistons organization and the city of Detroit in his only scheduled visit, Omari Sankofa II of the Detroit Free Press writes.

Cunningham worked out with the Pistons on Tuesday.

“The organization has a lot of great people within it,” Cunningham said. “I mean, starting from the owners, Troy Weaver is a great GM, and then, you know, all the way down. They got just great people throughout. So I learned a lot on my visit. If they take me, I’ll definitely be excited to be there.”

Cunningham, who excelled in his lone college season at Oklahoma State, explained his decision to work out for one team.

“I wanted to meet with the team with the No. 1 pick and I feel like I’m the No. 1 pick,” he said. “I met with Detroit, they’re the ones that had the pick.”

However, Cunningham might visit with another team if Detroit opts to trade the top selection, according to James Edwards III of The Athletic.

“If the Rockets get the No. 1 pick, I’d meet with them if there is enough time,” he said.

Houston holds the No. 2 pick and are expected to have more discussions with Detroit as the draft nears, according to The Athletic’s Kelly Iko. The Rockets had some talks with the Pistons during the draft combine last month in Chicago and the Rockets are prepared to make an offer to move up a spot.

Cunningham is content with the Pistons holding onto the pick and sees himself as fitting in not only with the team but the city.

“Detroit fits me, that’s the main thing I’m going to try to do is step in and embody the swag that people from Detroit walk with, the people from Michigan in general,” he said. “They have an underdog, go-get-what-you-want feel to them and I like that about the city.”

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