Detroit Pistons trade Monte Morris to Minnesota Timberwolves

Detroit Pistons trade Monte Morris to Minnesota Timberwolves

The Detroit Pistons made a pair of moves on Wednesday ahead of the NBA trade deadline.

The Free Press has confirmed that the team has acquired Utah Jazz forward Simone Fontecchio for Kevin Knox II, the rights to Gabriele Procida and his 2024 second-round pick. This pick is currently No. 32 overall (more preferable to Washington or Memphis).

Later in the afternoon, the Pistons traded Monte Morris to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Free Press confirmed, in exchange for guard Shake Milton, wing Troy Brown Jr. and a 2030 second-round pick.

The Pistons are now one player over the NBA roster limit of 15 players, meaning one more move must be made before everything is settled at the 3 p.m. trade deadline.

Detroit Pistons guard Marcus Sasser defends Utah Jazz forward Simone Fontecchio during the first half at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023.

Fontecchio, 28, is listed at 6-foot-7 and 209 pounds, and is shooting 39.1% from 3-point range this season. He is averaging 8.9 points and 3.5 rebounds in 23.2 minutes per game over 50 games (34 starts) for Utah, which is 26-26 and 10th in the Western Conference. He could find an expanded role on a Pistons team that lacks shooting, size and perimeter defense. The second-year winger, who signed a two-year, $6.3 million contract with Utah last summer after playing in Europe for 10 seasons, is classified as a power forward and solid defender.

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