Detroit Pistons: Breaking down the Delon Wright trade

Detroit Pistons guard Delon Wright Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
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Detroit Pistons, Delon Wright
Delon Wright #55 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Leon Halip/Leon Halip) /

Detroit Pistons: Will the Pistons make more trades?

This is the type of deal that could lay the foundation for future moves. Not only did the Pistons clear some future cap space, but may have gotten the extra ammunition they needed to make another, splashier move.

It might not happen at this trade deadline, but Troy Weaver will now have some additional ways to get talent.

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Fans often see cap space simply as a way to get free agents, but the reality is that it is much more valuable in trades.

The Pistons might be able to jump in and help facilitate a trade as the third team, taking on an asset or first-round draft pick in exchange for taking on the contract that is hard to move.

For example, let’s say the New Orleans Pelicans want to move Lonzo Ball but don’t want to do it without also getting out from Eric Bledsoe. The Pistons might be able to come in and eat that contract in the trade so the Pelicans’ trade partner doesn’t have to. For doing this the Pels might throw in a a future first round pick.

This is just an example of course but there are many ways cap space can be used other than free agents. The two second-round picks could be sweeteners in any deal and will also give Troy Weaver additional ways to acquire talent.

This trade was not a blockbuster for the Detroit Pistons but it does serve a purpose and could end up leading to bigger things.

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