After two seasons in Milwaukee and four more in Orlando, Tobias Harris may finally have a shot to make the playoffs. Today the Magic traded the ex-Vol to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova. Detroit sits just half a game out of the eight seed in the Eastern Conference, and currently ranks sixth in the East in point differential.
As the SB Nation piece mentions in the link above, Detroit has a solid young nucleus with Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Harris projects as an upgrade over Ilyasova at power forward, where he's averaged between 14-17 points per game and between 6-9 rebounds during his time in Orlando.
Why the Magic traded Tobias Harris
Tobias follows in the foosteps of former Vol Allan Houston in Detroit, who spent his first three seasons with the Pistons. Congrats to him for being the centerpiece of a move that hopefully pushes the Pistons into the playoffs.
God closes one door to open up another, though this is not the easiest time it's part of life… https://t.co/HaRX3GgsYs— Tobias Harris (@tobias31) February 16, 2016
Tobias Harris on being traded to Detroit: "I'm ready to make the playoffs!"— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 16, 2016
Liked the move by Detroit to snare Tobias Harris for 2 expirings. He's a gamer. Weird move by Orlando unless a 2nd one is coming.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) February 16, 2016