Hardaway at No. 11 is markedly higher than almost every other projection at this point.
Pistons president acknowledges the team is focused on the deep perimeter group among projected top-10 picks but said he's willing to turn to a big man if that pool is depleted too much.
The Pistons' president of basketball operations said he has successfully scoured candidates without reporters getting all the names, adding the search needs to be finished by July 1 free agency, after team lands No. 8 in NBA Draft.
The Pistons were dropped one spot from their position entering the lottery after the Washington Wizards leapfrogged them, while Cleveland will pick No. 1 overall for the second time in three years.
McLemore argued at last week's NBA Draft Combine that tonight's lottery shouldn't just be considered a draw for Noel, who is the projected No. 1 overall pick according to most experts.
The Pistons got Drummond with the ninth pick last year, when they had a lottery selection for third straight NBA Draft.
COLUMN: Pistons' freedom to make moves in free agency and trades could be enhanced by saving money in rookie salary slot and staying at No. 7 in a lukewarm lottery.
Of the 63 combine participants, 39 said they have had contact with the Pistons, while 21 of those have individual workouts scheduled or expect to have them scheduled with the team.
Teams have plenty to ask about Ledo, who attended four different high schools and decided to leave Providence College after one season during which he was academically ineligible and never played a game.
UCLA product's season started with sanctions for improper benefits and ended with questions about how his age came to be listed incorrectly, but the wing player's potential could blend with Pistons' needs.
Stuckey has spent his six professional seasons with the Pistons but could be the team's top trade prospect this offseason, and is the subject of multiple queries in this week's Q-and-A with MLive Media Group Pistons beat writer David Mayo.
Indiana's Cody Zeller declined first-round money to return for his sophomore season, while Arizona's Grant Jerrett is a borderline draft pick who opted to leave after one year.