In need of a front-court contributor after waiving Josh Smith earlier this week, ESPN’s Marc Stein reports the Pistons have acquired stretch forward Anthony Tolliver from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Tony Mitchell.
Tolliver, a six-year vet, stands at a lanky 6’8” with an ability to stretch the floor when needed, shooting near 40% from the arc in each of the past two seasons.
After releasing Smith this past Monday, the Pistons quickly became shallow up front. Beyond surefire starters Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, center Joel Anthony remained the only true frontcourt contributor available on the active roster. Jonas Jerebko, listed at 6’10”, often splits between the power forward and small forward positions.
As such, the acquisition of Tolliver serves as a move to provide additional depth up front.
Mitchell, drafted by the Pistons in 2013, was in his second year with the Pistons organization and had spent much of his career bouncing between the Pistons’ NBA roster and its D-League affiliate. Mitchell averaged 1.0 point per game in 21 appearances for the Pistons and 8.2 points and 7.2 rebounds this season for the Grand Rapids Drive.