The Orlando Magic have officially acquired Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Tobias Harris, the team announced Tuesday afternoon. Mike Scotto first reported talks between the two teams were taking place.
"Brandon and Ersan are two veterans that will help balance our roster and provide valuable experience to our team," Rob Hennigan, the Magic's general manager, said in a press release announcing the trade. “Both players bring scoring, competitiveness and added depth to our roster. We want to thank Tobias for his contributions, both on and off the court."
This move could be the first of more to come for Orlando, which is gunning for its first playoff spot since trading Dwight Howard in 2012. The acquisition of Ilyasova makes Channing Frye, another veteran with a similar skill-set, redundant.
In addition, bringing Jennings aboard crowds Orlando's point-guard rotation, which also features Elfrid Payton, C.J. Watson, and Shabazz Napier. Neither Watson nor Napier figures to have much trade value--the former has played just eight games owing to a calf injury, while the latter has yet to prove he is a rotation-level player--but one assumes Orlando would be willing to part with them.
Orlando is moving on from Harris less than one season after inking him to a four-year contract extension. Dealing him for Detroit's pair of veterans may improve the team's long-term outlook, at the cost of losing the 23-year-old's prime years, a point I explored in greater detail when rumors of the trade began to circulate.
The deal does allow coach Scott Skiles to play Aaron Gordon, Mario Hezonja, and Evan Fournier more minutes at small forward.