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Pistons get: PF/SF Tobias Harris
Magic get: PG Brandon Jennings, PF/SF Ersan Ilyasova
Perfect. With PG Reggie Jackson absolutely dominating at point guard, the struggling Jennings was a spare part, and was used absolutely brilliantly here by Stan Van Gundy to give a much-needed bolstering to the teams' forward rotation.
Jennings has been dismal since returning from an ACL injury, averaging 6.8 points and 3 assists on 37.3% shooting in 18 minutes per game. Finding a team willing to take a chance on him makes a lot of sense.
Ilysasova is having a solid year, with averages of 11.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.5 threes per game. Both the stretch-four and Jenning are on expiring deals worth $8 million, and it was unknown whether Detroit even wanted to keep them this offseason, nor if they wanted to stay at all.
Harris is the complement to stars Jackson and C Andre Drummond that the team has been looking for... ever since Josh Smith (just kidding, relax). This is a down year for the 23-year-old as well, with averages of 13.7 points and 7 rebounds per game, regressing from 17 ppg last season. When a young player regresses or plateaus, it generally sounds off alarms in the front office, as young players are supposed to be consistently climbing uphill. But Harris has not exactly been put in the proper offensive role, and is still shooting efficiently, meaning it is more of the Magic's fault than his for his lack of scoring. Thus Harris was the perfect buy-low target for a Detroit team that badly needed a quality forward. With Tobias' 4 year/$64 million contract being the sum of Jennings and Ilyasova's anyways (in terms of dollars per year), this was an excellent trade to complete the star trio (Harris, Jackson, Drummond) of the future.