The first big deal of NBA trade deadline day is in the books. Former #2 overall draft pick Marvin Bagley is on his way to the Detroit Pistons. The move comes as part of a four-team swap involving the Sacramento Kings, LA Clippers, Pistons, and Milwaukee Bucks.
Detroit will receive Bagley from the Kings. Milwaukee lands Serge Ibaka from the Clippers. The Kings receive Donte DiVincenzo from Milwaukee. Clippers will pick up Josh Jackson and Trey Lyles from Detroit and Semi Ojele and Rodney Hood from the Bucks.
The news broke via NBA.com‘s trade tracker at 11:48 AM. Shortly after, another minor deal was cut. The Toronto Raptors traded seldom-used guard Goran Dragic to the San Antonio Spurs for veteran forward Thaddeus Young.
The early part of the morning has been eerily quiet this trade deadline. Fans are still waiting to hear about blockbuster deals that have been rumored. Ben Simmons, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden are among the biggest names who may be traded before the trade window closes at 3 PM eastern.
In the four-way deal, Detroit will also send out multiple second-round draft picks to the other teams in the trade. The Pistons were expected to be sellers at this year’s deadline. The team has a pathetic record of 12-42 and has no chance to make the playoffs.
As Detroit builds for the future with Marvin Bagley, teams looking to win now are searching for talent that can help with a playoff push. Bagley is a player the Pistons might want to build around. A change of scenery could be hugely beneficial for the departing Pistons players.
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