The Pistons are acquiring veteran forward Trevor Ariza and the No. 16 pick from the Houston Rockets for a future first-round pick, ESPN reported. The Rockets acquired the pick from Phoenix in Monday’s trade of Robert Covington.
The Pistons also have the No. 7 pick.
The Pistons take on Ariza’s contract. He’s due $12.8 million this season, but only $1.8 million is guaranteed, so the Pistons can waive him without crushing their cap space.
Before the deal, the Pistons were projected to enter free agency with around $30 million in cap space. The free agency negotiation period begins Friday at 6 p.m.
Ariza, 35, has been a mainstay “3-and-D” player, winning two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009.
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The deal gives the Rockets extra salary cap freedom and allows them to use their mid-level exception in free agency.
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