Reports: Pistons acquire Trevor Ariza, 16th overall pick for protected future pick

Reports: Pistons trading future first-rounder for Trevor Ariza, 16th overall pick
Posted at 11:19 PM, Nov 18, 2020

Troy Weaver continues to make moves on his first draft as Pistons general manager.

Detroit is acquiring Trevor Ariza and the 16th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft from the Houston Rockets in exchange for a future first round pick. The trade is reported by ESPN.

Detroit landed Washington center Isaiah Stewart, who went 16th overall. The Pistons will formally acquire him after finalizing their trade with the Rockets. Weaver picked French-American guard Killian Hayes No. 7 overall.

Houston is looking to free up cap space, and the trade accomplishes that. The future pick is really protected.

It is "top-16 protected for the next 4 years, top-10 protected the following two and then top-9 protected," The Athletic's James Edwards reports.

Saddiq Bey was the third first round pick Troy Weaver added to the rebuilding Pistons on draft night.

Detroit traded Luke Kennard to the Clippers for the No. 19 overall pick.