The terms, from Woj:
Detroit is trading Khyri Thomas and Tony Snell to Atlanta for Dewayne Dedmon, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 19, 2020
One-time DBB favorite Dewayne Dedmon averaged five points and five rebounds a game in his time between the Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks last season. Dedmon joins Justin Patton, Thon Maker, Isaiah Stewart, Tony Bradley, and (maybe?) Christian Wood as centers on the Detroit Pistons’ roster.
Remember when they had no centers? That was fun. Kinda would like to go back to that.
Anyway, this trade does a couple things. It clears a roster spot, which is useful for acquiring future undrafted free agents should the need arise. It clears out rotation minutes on the wing, where Tony Snell started 57 games for the Pistons last season, averaging 28 minutes a night. All those minutes are now going to get distributed among (probably) newly drafted Saddiq Bey, Last 2018 Draft Pick Standing Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, and Dzanan Musa. Heck, maybe even Deividas Sirvydas gets in on the action!
Lastly, and maybe most importantly for my sanity, this trade wards off future debate from Khyri Thomas truthers, who were insistent that a guy not getting NBA minutes (Khyri Thomas) was better than a guy getting NBA minutes (Bruce Brown Jr.) because of ... reasons. Something about defense in college or summer league made threes or something, I don’t know.
Additionally, Dedmon is due $13.3 million this season and $13.3 million next season, but only $1 million of that 2021 salary is guaranteed. This makes Dedmon, functionally, another expiring contract for the Pistons.
Seeing as how the Pistons still have the shambling remains of Trevor Ariza and five centers on the roster, I doubt this is the end of Troy Reaper’s culling. The beat writers agree:
It's a cap move and straight swap, I'm told. Wouldn't assume Dedmon is going to stick around. Pistons aren't done dealing and want to create space for free agency— Omari Sankofa II (@omarisankofa) November 19, 2020
So I am not going to get too attached to Dedmon, and neither should you. More trades are probably coming, and we’ll see what the roster looks like when the dust settles.