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Pistons Trade Marvin Bagley III to Wizards

Two cellar dwellers in the East make a swap.

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The Detroit Pistons have traded forwards Marvin Bagley III and Isaiah Livers and two future second-round draft picks to the Washington Wizards for Danilo Gallinari and Mike Muscala, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday morning.

The deal has a lot to do with financial savings, according to Wojnarowski. It gets Detroit off the hook for Bagley’s $12.5 million guaranteed money for 2024-25, while netting the Wizards second-round picks in 2025 and 2026 for their troubles. The rest of the contracts involved in the deal will expire after this season.

Along with saving some coin, Detroit’s other priority in the minor trade was to acquire much-needed shooting, Wojnarowski reported.

The Pistons have been determined to add some veteran shooting to the roster, and Gallinari and Muscala can help Detroit spread the floor in limited roles this season.

Bagley averaged 10.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game for Detroit this season. The 6-foot-10 forward was the No. 2 pick behind Portland Trail Blazers center Deandre Ayton in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Gallinari, 35, averaged 7.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per game this season with the Wizards in 26 appearances. He missed all of last season with a torn ACL.

Detroit (3-36) and Washington (7-31) hold the bottom two spots in the Eastern Conference standings.