Pistons Trade Jennings, Ilyasova to Magic
As of this writing, the NBA trade deadline is a little over 48 hours away but the Detroit Pistons got to work before deadline day to make a deal.
Harris, a 6'9" forward and four year veteran of the NBA, is averaging 33 minutes per game with over 13 points and seven rebounds per game. He's shooting 46.4% from the field in 2015-16. Harris has been dealing with an ankle injury that has kept him out of the last three games for Orlando.
The Pistons give up their backup point guard in Jennings who is coming off of a knee injury and has the talent to start on other NBA teams. However, in Detroit he was going to always be stuck behind Reggie Jackson.
The other part in this trade, Ersan Ilyasova did not play in the Pistons final game before the All-Star break against the Denver Nuggets. He was battling an illness. This year he is averaging 11.3 points and 5.4 boards per game in his first with the Pistons.
For the Pistons this frees up front court depth to allow rookie Stanley Johnson more of an avenue to shine. The former Arizona Wildcat is averaging nine points and four boards off the bench in an average of 24 minutes per game.
If Marcus Morris jumps up to the now vacated 4-spot on the floor that allows Johnson/Harris to split time at the 3. Harris' size is similar to that of Morris meaning he can flex as a power forward as well.
The Pistons currently sit at 27-27, a half game behind the Charlotte Hornets holding the 8th seed. The Pistons are seeking their first playoff berth since 2008-09.