The Detroit Pistons have acquired a trio of players from the Phoenix Suns this afternoon, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Marcus Morris, Reggie Bullock and Danny Granger will all be headed to Detroit. In return, the Pistons will send the Suns a 2020 second-round draft pick.
The move appears mutually beneficial, providing the opportunity to help the Pistons fill a void at the small forward position while allowing the Suns to clear upwards of $20 million in cap space, perhaps in an effort to woo forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who has been rumored to be considering a move to Phoenix.
The six-foot-nine Morris stands to be the key to the deal for the Pistons. He averaged 10.4 points per game last season while shooting 35.8 percent from the arc. His shooting ability, combined with a solid 235-pound frame, allows Morris to slide between the small forward and power forward positions as needed.
Granger is a 32-year-old former All-Star who has struggled through a litany of knee issues since 2012. A 26-point-per-game scorer at his peak, he averaged just 6.3 points in 30 games last season for the Miami Heat.
The Detroit Free Press suggests Granger could be waived by the Pistons.
Bullock, meanwhile, is an unproven entity. Selected 25th overall by the Clippers in 2013, he has struggled to clock meaningful minutes over the first two seasons of his career. He was dealt to the Suns as a part of the three-way trade that sent Austin Rivers to the Clippers near February’s trade deadline. He has averaged just 2.3 points per game and 9.3 minutes in 79 career games.
Morris has three years and $15 million remaining on his current contract while Granger is set to make $2.1 million in 2016. Bullock will make close to $1.3 million in 2016 with a team option for the following season.
After an uneventful first day of free agency on Wednesday, the Pistons took steps toward addressing their specific needs on Thursday. In addition to adding reserve center Aron Baynes early in the day, the acquisition of Morris (the twin brother of former Suns teammate Markieff Morris) may serve as a means of shoring up the small forward position. Depending on the development and ability of incoming lottery pick Stanley Johnson, Morris could platoon with the rookie at the three spot heading into 2016.