The pistons received a rotating-quality blade for the next two years at the expense of a player who was completely out of rotation. Oh, and the dollars threw the Pistons into tomorrow's NBA Draft on the first lap.
This is exactly the kind of deal you would have written if you were thinking about possible uses for the expiring contracts of Detroit – a team that would like to clean up the books that Detroit's funds are expiring. Only, as the story usually goes, the Pistons had to SURPRISE an asset because Jon Leuer had a pure dead salary. Instead, the pistons got a first round pick. For Jon Leuer.
I'm … dumbfounded.
Milwaukee is making this trade to free up the salary caps to re-sign their own players and get rid of the luxury tax:
Milwaukee could raise as much as $ 14 million in the space and bring back Brook Lopez Cap Space used. Malcolm Brogdon's and Khris Middleton's $ 22 million cap holds give Milwaukee an edge when it comes to making room. It also gives them a buffer when it comes to tax.
– Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) June 20, 2019
That's a little defensive – they've won 60 games, mostly without the help of Tony Snell. But this trade treats Leuer and Snell equally as dead money. That … should not be the case.
Sure, Snell had fallen out of favor in Milwaukee, but he has shot over 39 percent of three in each of the last three seasons and plays a position where the Pistons are badly needed. Leuer, on the other hand, was a big hit among Pistons' fans because of his lack of distance, and he played less than 500 minutes for a team whose substitute strikers were Stanley Johnson and Thon Maker for most of the year.
Perhaps Milwaukee is refraining from extending his salary (as DBB has already mentioned) to move further away from the salary cap, but in this case they have made a first round pick and a potential rotation player to save 10 Million USD from the cap in 2019-20.
I'm still stunned. And I'm not alone:
So, um, yes. Wing is no longer a desperate necessity for the pistons – does that change the plan to 15? What are the pistons doing with the last round of the first round? Could you try to put together packages 15 and 30 to get even higher in the design?
What do you say, DBB?