NBA Tuesday Trade Roundup: Pistons’ Present, Future Brighter with Tobias Harris

February 16th, 2016 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

The Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic are both aiming to end long, painful playoff droughts. But in getting together to better meet those ends on Tuesday, only one came out with a prettier picture in both the short and long terms.

The two fringe Eastern Conference playoff contenders announced Tobias Harris would be heading to the Motor City, with Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova reuniting with Scott Skiles in Orlando. In doing so, the Magic may have given the Pistons a leg up in a race for eighth place in the East that's just heating up.

The upshot is simple enough to spot for the Pistons. In Harris, Detroit nabbed a player who figures to fill several holes, albeit while digging a few new ones.

Harris is the sort of attacking wing-scorer the Pistons sorely lacked. When standing in with Detroit's starters, he can serve as a threatening third option beside the pick-and-roll pair of Reggie Jackson and All-Star Andre Drummond. And when that duo hits the bench, Harris can prop up a second unit that has scored at an anemic rate this season.

There will be some concern about just how well Harris fits alongside ...

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