Trade: Orlando Magic trade Tobias Harris to the Detroit Pistons for Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova
Grades: Detroit (A-), Orlando (C)
Analysis: Coming into this season, Detroit needed to figure out one thing: who was going to become the Pistons’ long-term answer at power forward. Tuesday afternoon Detroit made its decision, sending a pair of expiring contracts to Orlando for Tobias Harris. Now Detroit’s core will feature five guys at 25 or younger, and all of whom are under team control for years to come. Getting Harris locked in now at a lower number now than what it would take to sign someone like Ryan Anderson, who also several years older, this summer is a good piece of business by the Pistons.
For Orlando, it appears this is a combination of getting some veteran help to make a playoff push now (Jennings and Ilyasova played for coach Scott Skiles in Milwaukee) and also a bit of a roster reset. On one hand, it’s a defensible deal for the Magic to make if you think Harris is the 31 percent 3-point shooter he is this year, and is for his career, as opposed to the 36 percent shooter he was last year. At 31 percent, his $17 million salary this year is tougher to justify. That said, he’s still just 23, and there are going to be lots of teams looking to make trades when they strike out in free agency this summer. The market would’ve likely netted Orlando more then.