KEY POINTS

  • The Sacramento Kings traded Cory Joseph and a pair of second-round picks to the Detroit Pistons for Delon Wright
  • Wright is averaging 10.5 points, 5.1 assists, and 4.6 rebounds in 35 games
  • Wright boosts the Kings backcourt, which features De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and Tyrese Haliburton

The NBA trade deadline is upon us, and the moves have already started.

On Wednesday evening, the Sacramento Kings made a move by trading Cory Joseph and a pair of second-round picks to the Detroit Pistons for fifth-year guard Delon Wright.

The deal was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wright has been pretty solid for the Pistons this season, averaging 10.5 points, 5.1 assists, and 4.6 rebounds in 35 games. He was the team’s fourth-leading scorer. In addition, the 28-year old has started in 30 games this season.

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Delon Wright Getty Images

Wright’s arrival bolsters the Kings’ backcourt and proves to be a more productive option in exchange for Joseph, who’s putting up less numbers across the board.

Wright makes a good complementary piece to the Kings’ collection of talented guards, led by De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, and rookie sensation Tyrese Haliburton.

The Kings are currently 13th in the Western Conference, with a 19-25 record. They’re currently three and a half games behind the tenth-placed Golden State Warriors.

With the Warriors missing the services of leading scorer Stephen Curry, the Kings are in prime position to push for the tenth seed and a spot in the play-in tournament.

The Kings could be moving more players before the mid-season trade deadline.

According to reports, players like Harrison Barnes and Marvin Bagley III have also been discussed in potential trades.

The Pistons, meanwhile, are seemingly in the process of a rebuild. Earlier this season, they bought out former franchise star Blake Griffin, who went on to sign with the Brooklyn Nets.

Joseph, a nine-year NBA veteran, adds experience to an otherwise young Pistons team, who’s led by Jerami Grant and Josh Jackson.

The Pistons will also be getting a 2021 second-round pick and a 2024 second-round pick in the deal.

The Pistons are currently sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings with a 12-31 record. They’re seven games behind the tenth-seeded Chicago Bulls.

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