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NBA Trade Deadline: Delon Wright sent to Kings for Cory Joseph, two second-round picks

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An inevitable move that might start a landslide team- and league-wide

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Is it any surprise that the Detroit Pistons are the ones that opened up NBA Trade Deadline day, and that they did it at 12:30 in the dang morning? Does Troy Weaver ever sleep?

The deal will send starting point guard Delon Wright to the Sacramento Kings for point guard Cory Joseph and a pair of second-round picks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The deal allows Detroit to restock its bare second-rounder cupboard a bit and opens up some financial flexibility in the offseason. Joseph’s deal only has $2.4 million guaranteed next season, which is $6 million less than the last year of Wright’s deal.

Not a surprise, but still a bit of a harsh one for fans like me who hoped Wright would be moved to somewhere close to contender status after playing pretty well and having stated he was aiming to play here in Detroit for former coach Dwane Casey.

The Kings probably see Wright as an immediate boost to their guard rotation as Joseph has really struggled this season. Sacramento is two games out in the loss column of the final play-in spot in the West, but they are 6-4 in the past 10 and obviously feel like they can make a run and, at worst, have a better player in place next season.

That’s business, and business wise Weaver has a couple more second rounders and a player in Joseph who is a vet and is as close as it comes to being an expiring contract.

More to come, most definitely.