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The winds started to shift towards that when the Detroit Pistons used their first-round pick in Wednesday’s draft to pick up point guard Killian Hayes.
A team doesn’t use a seventh overall pick on a guy unless they plan to use him so any noise about the Pistons being in on VanVleet — and we know for a fact that Pistons head coach Dwane Casey is very fond of the Rockford, Ill native – began to dry up that same night.
There was also plenty of chatter about the Atlanta Hawks having an interest, another team like Detroit that came into the weekend with a ton of cap space. The Hawks though took a big bite out of their own cap space when they signed Danilo Gallinari in a deal reported Friday night and then early Saturday jumped on Kris Dunn. With Jeff Teague already in the fold and still talk of Rajon Rondo possibly making the jump from the World Champion Lakers to Atlanta, that market no longer seemed like a viable option for VanVleet.
Finally the New York Knicks were there with plenty of money to spend and a need at point guard. The Knicks though have been the poster franchise for unstable environments and even with the accepted sensible additions of Leon Rose as president and Tom Thibodeau as head coach, there remains the unpredictable presence of owner Jim Dolan hovering over everything in…