I mentioned yesterday that the Pistons might be on the receiving end of a salary-dump trade rather than using cap space on free agents. That has come to pass, as Phoenix did just that in the LaMarcus Aldridge Sweepstakes-
[The Pistons] added three players today in a trade with the Phoenix Suns, according to a person with knowledge of the situation: small forwards Marcus Morris and Danny Granger and guard Reggie Bullock.
Actually, both this trade and the Aron Baynes signing have the Pistons part of the festivities, as both San Antonio and Phoenix are primary suitors for Aldridge. The Spurs not resigning Baynes may well have been part of clearing the deck on there in, and when the Pistons only gave up a 2020 second rounder for the trio of Valley of the Sun refugees, Waste Management should be the sponsor for the trade.
Danny Granger was a very good player. Past tense. That brings back scary memories of over-the-hill folks like Corey Magette who were well past their freshness date. If the old Granger comes back, the Pistons would have a steal. Huge if.
Morris is more serviceable without wishful thinking. He's a 6'9" forward tweener, almost a younger version of Anthony Tolliver. He could fight Tolliver for playing time as a stretch-four as well as playing some small forward if Granger 2.0 doesn't go back to his beta version that was an all-star caliber guy.
Reggie Bullock..there may be a pony in that pile of Bullock somewhere, but neither the Clippers or the Suns seemed to have find it. As a shooting guard, he would likely be third on the depth chart behind Meeks and KCP if he makes the club at all.
None of the three are making big bucks by NBA standards. It might be worth a $2M/year flier to see if Granger can regain his old form; he can be a good tutor for Stanley Johnson at worst. Morris can fight with Tollivar for rotation time and Bullock might prove my snark wrong and be a contributor.