Despite their need for point guard depth, the Detroit Pistons have shipped Spencer Dinwiddie to the division rival Chicago Bulls.
Stan Van Gundy has been an active player in the NBA’s trade market and he’s wheeling and dealing again today. The Detroit Pistons announced through their official Twitter account that the team has trade Spencer Dinwiddie to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for power forward Cameron Bairstow.
TRADE: #Pistons have acquired forward Cameron Bairstow from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Spencer Dinwiddie.
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) June 17, 2016
It’s an interesting move considering the Pistons have a need for point guard depth behind Reggie Jackson and Dinwiddie is still a young player. In fact, he was Van Gundy’s first draft choice after taking over as the team’s head coach and president of basketball operations.
It’s obvious Van Gundy didn’t consider Dinwiddie an option to fill the available point guard minutes off the bench. So, the Pistons move on from Dinwiddie, but this trade is more about swapping scraps than improving the fortunes of either team. Perhaps the Bulls feel better about Dinwiddie’s chances to contribute, but it’s possible neither player makes the opening night roster for their new team.
Prediction: Neither Spencer Dinwiddie nor Cameron Bairstow make the opening-night roster
— Dan Feldman (@DanFeldmanNBA) June 17, 2016
Drafted 11 spots after Dinwiddie in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft, Bairstow comes with an identical contract situation to Dinwiddie. Both players are set to earn about $980,000 next season but neither contract is guaranteed.
Point guard was already an offseason need for the Pistons and that is even more obvious with Dinwiddie out of the picture. They appear to be in good position for one with their first round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft if they decide to go that route over free agency.