The Pistons’ First-Round Gamble On Donatas Motiejunas Could Be Well Worth It

02.18.16 2 years ago
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Stan Van Gundy’s incredibly impressive overhaul of the Detroit Pistons continues.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Detroit has acquired Donatas Motiejunas and Marcus Thornton from the Houston Rockets in exchange for Joel Anthony and a protected first-round pick.

Mere minutes before Yahoo Sports broke the news, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported the framework of the agreed-upon swap.

Thornton, 28 years old and a consummate journeyman, could prove more beneficial for his new team than his reputation suggests. The Pistons lack a viable three-point shooting threat, a weakness that’s limited the still-devastating effect of Reggie Jackson-Andre Drummond pick-and-rolls. Thornton is hardly a marksman of the highest regard, but has nonetheless proven himself an effective long-range shooter during his well-traveled time in the NBA.

The real prize here, though, is Motiejunas.

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