Portland, Oregon. – The Pistons are not done negotiating yet.
Detroit general manager Troy Weaver negotiated three transactions on the morning of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, including a deal to send sharpshooters Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks to the New York Knicks in exchange for a package which includes Quentin Grimes, Malachi Flynn and two future second seconds. round picks, the team announced.
The Pistons also added Evan Fournier and Ryan Arcidiacono from the Knicks in a separate deal.
Bogdanovic and Burks were viewed as the Pistons’ most valuable veteran assets and will remain in the Eastern Conference as the Knicks push their chips toward a deep playoff run.
Burks, who is coming off a 25-point performance to help the Pistons defeat the Sacramento Kings, 133-120, on Wednesday, averaged 12.6 points on 40% shooting from the field in 43 games this season. Burks will return to New York for a second season with the Knicks after spending two seasons with the team from 2020 to 2022.
“The veteran leadership that everyone brought every day, it’s pretty clear that’s something we needed to balance with our young guys,” Pistons coach Monty Williams said. “I’ve talked about (Burks) and the poise of him, even last night when things got a little difficult, he was the one who calmed everyone down. “It wasn’t just his shooting ability, but also his patience with the young guys.”
In a separate move, the Pistons will receive Danuel House Jr., a 2024 second-round pick and cash considerations from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for a 2028 second-round pick, another league source confirmed. The move helps the 76ers avoid the salary tax, but also creates another low-risk expiring contract. Additionally, the Pistons’ outgoing 2028 second-round draft pick is highly protected from picks Nos. 31-55. The Pistons officially announced the trade on Thursday afternoon.
House, a 6-foot-6 forward, has an expiring contract worth $4.3 million. He averaged 4.3 points in 34 games with the 76ers this season. This trade was made possible by Detroit’s $5.7 million trade exception, which was created in last month’s trade to send Marvin Bagley III and Isaiah Livers to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Mike Muscala and Danilo Gallinari.
Detroit’s trade count rises to five in less than 24 hours. The franchise acquired Simone Fontecchio from the Utah Jazz in exchange for Kevin Knox II, a second-round pick and the draft rights to Gabriele Procida on Wednesday, which was officially announced Thursday morning. The Pistons also traded Monte Morris to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Troy Brown Jr. and Shake Milton, a move that is still pending with the league office.
To help make room, the Pistons are waiving guards Killian Hayes and Joe Harris. House and Archideacono are also expected to be released, according to The Athletic.
There’s been a lot of movement over the last month, but here’s a look at how the Pistons’ roster is currently constructed: Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Ausar Thompson, Isaiah Stewart, Jalen Duren, Marcus Sasser, Mike Muscala, James Wiseman, Fontecchio , Brown, Milton, Grimes, Fournier, Flynn, Jared Rhoden (two-way), Stanley Amide (two-way), and Malcolm Cazalon (two-way).
The Pistons’ list of standard contracts has been reduced to meet the NBA’s legal limit of 15.
Detroit continues its five-game road trip Thursday night against the Portland Trail Blazers.