Here we go:
Sources: The Lakers are trading guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and a draft pick to Detroit for guard Reggie Bullock. Deal is expected to be completed Wednesday.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 6, 2019
It appears to be a second-round pick from the Lakers (don’t know what year, though):
Sources confirm multiple reports that Pistons adding Svi and a second-round pick. Svi was once a highly regarded prospect from Europe. Not exactly a move to bring a playoff push.— Vince_Ells56 (@Vincent_Ellis56) February 6, 2019
Update: It’s a 2021 second-round pick:
The Lakers are sending a 2021 second round pick to Detroit. https://t.co/aDIDK5A8ZJ— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) February 6, 2019
This trade insinuates the front office (correctly?) harbored no illusions about re-signing Reggie Bullock this offseason. The Pistons’ return is questionable, though: Rodney Hood, a worse player than Bullock, netted two second round picks from the Trail Blazers in a trade earlier this season.
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (gonna have to get used to typing THAT, fun) is theoretically the exact type of player the Pistons need - a wing-sized sniper under team control for the next few years. In reality, the 6’8 Mykhailiuk is a second-round rookie, shooting 32 percent from three, who’s been unable to get heavy minutes on a Lakers team desperate for shooting.
Our friends at Silver Screen and Roll appeared to view him favorably, though:
Here is my feature on Svi from this summer, for those looking to learn a bit more about him @detroitbadboys @DuncanSmithNBA— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) February 6, 2019
He struggled to shoot in the NBA but has done it at every other level. There is a player here.https://t.co/d7lOMSZmjT
This move also gets the Pistons slightly farther away from the luxury tax - as a second rounder, Svi makes even less this year than Reggie Bullock’s $2.5 million.
...Yeah, from the information we have so far, I’m not in love with this move. Have your say in the comments below.