Here's the Pistons' official press release:
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has acquired forward Anthony Tolliver from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for forward Tony Mitchell.
Tolliver, 29, has played in 24 games for the Suns this season averaging 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds while shooting 38.7% from three-point range. The six-year NBA veteran owns career averages of 5.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in 331 games (53 starts) with San Antonio (2008-09), Portland (2009), Golden State (2010), Minnesota (2010-12), Atlanta (2012-13), Charlotte (2013-14) and Phoenix (2014). The Springfield, MO product has scored in double-figures 79 times during his career, including 10 games with 20-plus points and two games with 30-plus points. He’s also recorded 20 career games with double-digit rebounds and tallied 16 career double-doubles. A former All-Missouri Valley Conference first team member from Creighton, where he played collegiately, Tolliver has accumulated 10 games of NBA playoff experience with Atlanta (six games in 2012-13) and Charlotte (four games in 2013-14) where he averaged 3.0 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. He’s recorded NBA career highs of 34 points (4/7/10 at Minnesota), 21 rebounds (3/27/10 vs. Dallas) and four blocks (3/27/11 vs. Boston).
Mitchell, drafted 37th overall by the Pistons in the 2013 NBA Draft, did not see action in a regular-season game this year for Detroit. In three separate NBA Development League assignments with the Grand Rapids Drive, the North Texas product averaged 8.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in six games (four starts). The 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward played in 21 career NBA games for the Pistons with averages of 1.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 3.8 minutes per game.
Tolliver signed a two-year, $6 million contract last summer, but reportedly only $3.4 million is guaranteed. Essentially, if he performs well the rest of the year as a stretch four, he'll be a relatively cheap option for 2015-16. And if not, the Pistons simply owe him $400,000 and can let him walk to use their cap space elsewhere.
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