The Detroit Pistons have acquired the No. 16 pick in tonight’s draft and veteran forward Trevor Ariza from the Houston Rockets in exchange for a future first-round selection, a league source confirmed to MLive.
The trade was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The move gives Detroit an addition first-round selection along with the No. 7 pick. The pick they sent to Houston is heavily protected. Vince Goodwill of Yahoo! Sports reported that it is protected from 1 through 16 in the first four years, 1 through 10 in the following two seasons, top-nine in the seventh year and then to a second-round pick if it’s not transferred by then.
The 6-8 Ariza, 35, appeared in 53 games last season between Sacramento (32 games off the bench) and Portland (21 starts). He averaged 8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists while shooting 37 percent from 3-point range.
Ariza is set to earn $12.8 million this season but only $1.8 million is guaranteed, if he is waived, according to HoopsHype.com
This would be Ariza’s 10th team in 16 NBA seasons.
The Rockets also purchased Detroit’s second-round pick in 2021 for $4.6 million, per Wojnarowski. That pick originally belonged to the Los Angeles Lakers, who dealt it to Detroit along with Svi Mykhailiuk for Reggie Bullock on Feb. 6, 2019.