Magic trade Tobias Harris to Pistons for Jennings, Ilyasova
The Detroit Pistons have acquired forward Tobias Harris from the Orlando Magic for guard Brandon Jennings and forward Ersan Ilyasova, the Pistons announced Tuesday.
Harris, 23, told ESPN’s Chris Broussard he was ready to “make the playoffs.” He signed a four-year deal worth $64 million with Orlando in the off-season.
Harris averaged 13 points and seven rebounds this season starting at forward for the 23–29 Magic. The Pistons are 27–27 and a half-game out of the final playoff spot in the East, and will slot him in alongside Marcus Morris and Andre Drummond in the frontcourt.
Ilyasova, 28, averaged 11.3 points and 5.4 rebounds as Detroit’s starting power forward and remains on an affordable contract that pays him $7.9 million this season and $8.4 million next year.
Orlando receives some potential salary relief in the 26-year-old Jennings, who joins an already-crowded young backcourt with Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Mario Hezonja, and is on an expiring contract worth about $8.3 million. He’s averaged 6.8 points and three assists in 18 games, receiving limited playing time behind Reggie Jackson after returning from a ruptured left Achilles tendon.
- Jeremy Woo