Pistons acquire Tobias Harris, trade Brandon Jennings, Ersan Ilyasova to Magic

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Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images

The Detroit Pistons acquired Tobias Harris from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova on Tuesday.

Harris, 23, is averaging 13.7 points and 7.0 rebounds this season and comes with a four-year, $64 million deal he signed last year.

Detroit is 27-27, a half-game behind Charlotte in the competition for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

“This is a move that can be looked at as a long-term move, as one that will fit with our core group of players, and we’ll be able to keep them together,” Detroit general manager Jeff Bower said.

At 23-29, Orlando is 3½ games behind Charlotte for the eighth seed.

“I think we’re right in striking distance for a playoff spot,” Magic GM Rob Hennigan said. “We feel like our team has played well the last few games, and we just have to sustain that momentum and add to that momentum. The goal is to make the playoffs and the goal is to win, and that’s what we’re trying to do.

“We see Brandon and Ersan as really good fits, both short-term and long-term for us. We also were able to open up some flexibility this summer in the cap-space realm, if we decided to go that route. It sets up a few different ways we can play this.”

Jennings is averaging a career-low 6.8 points and 3.0 assists in 18 minutes a game. He is in the final year of his contract, which pays him $8.3 million.

Ilyasova is averaging 11.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 52 starts. His contract for next season is non-guaranteed at $8.4 million.

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