The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. ET, so teams still have some time to complete whatever offers they have on the table.
Harris is an extremely talented player, and at 6-foot-9, gives the Pistons good size at the forward position. Both have a very similar style of play, stretching the floor, while pulling down a fair share of rebounds as. Otherwise, they just cleared Harris’ salary completely.
Harris averaged 17.1 points per game last season but his perimeter shooting has dropped off and his overall numbers are down under head coach Scott Skiles (13.7 points, 7.0 rebounds per game).
Harris will slide right into the starting lineup and the Pistons will pick right up with it and try to get themselves into a playoff spot.
Jennings has played in 23 games since returning from a torn Achilles tendon. Jennings was named to the 2009-10 NBA All-Rookie First Team and earned NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month four times (October/November 2009, December 2009, January 2010 and March 2010), becoming the first Eastern Conference rookie to capture monthly honors four times during one season. Had the Magic been more patient, perhaps Harris might have done so.
A upgrade over Ilyasova, acquired by Detroit in an offseason trade with the Milwaukee Bucks, Harris is a career 46.3 percent shooter and makes his 3-point shots at a 31.8 percent clip.
Confidence and excitement, two things the Pistons will be happy to bring to their roster.
Another potential positive from the trade is the added confidence Van Gundy is showing in franchise point guard Reggie Jackson. This year he returned to the Pistons on December 29 and has struggled to get back to full speed.
Less than half a year removed from inking Tobias Harris to a four-year contract extension, the Orlando Magic are reportedly close to moving on from the 23-year-old forward.