The Pistons have announced the acquisition of swingman Corey Maggette from the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for veteran Ben Gordon and a first-round draft pick.
According to reports, the first-rounder going to Charlotte is lottery-protected in 2013, top-eight protected in 2014, top-one protected in 2015 and unprotected in 2016. The trade saves the Pistons about $15 million, with Maggette set to make $10 million next season before becoming a free agent next summer. Gordon still has two more seasons on his contract worth around $25 million.
Maggette gives the Pistons yet another small forward, adding to a rotation that also includes Tayshaun Prince, Jonas Jerebko and Austin Daye. It's very possible Detroit could move Maggette's expiring contract or look to trade either Prince and/or Daye. Whether or not he stays a Piston, Maggette will likely come off the bench.
Steve St-Pierre covers the Pistons for In Play! Magazine. Check it out online at inplaymagazine.com.