About 48 hours before the NBA Draft is scheduled to begin the Detroit Pistons made their first significant move in the Tom Gores era sending guard Ben Gordon and a future first round draft pick to the Charlotte Bobcats for forward Corey Maggette.
The first round pick going to Charlotte is reportedly lottery-protected in 2013, top-eight protected in 2014, top-one protected in 2015 and unprotected in 2016.
Gordon was the Pistons’ highest paid player scheduled to make $12.4 million next season, plus a player option for $13.2 million the following year. Maggette on the other hand is scheduled to make $10.9 million this upcoming season and will be in the final year of his deal.
“We welcome Corey Maggette to our organization in a transaction that provides us with a veteran scorer and defender in addition to increased roster flexibility moving forward,” Joe Dumars, the Pistons’ president of basketball operations, said in a team press release.
The move obviously gives the Pistons plenty of savings in the coming seasons and shouldn’t alter their draft plans this Thursday. It’s still expected that Dumars goes with a big man such as UConn’s Andre Drummond or UNC’s John Henson. Not only that but Maggette could challenge Tayshaun Prince for the starting small forward position and give Joe Dumars the opportunity to amnesty the contract of Charlie Villanueva.