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Gallinari, Muscala head to the Pistons while Bagley, Livers go the other way to the Wizards

On the left, Marvin Bagley and Isaiah Livers, and on the right, Danilo Gallinari and Mike Muscala.

The Detroit Pistons, the worst team in the NBA this season, have reached an agreement with the Washington Wizards in a strategic move to reshape their roster.

The Pistons will send Marvin Bagley, Isaiah Livers and two second-round picks to the Wizards in exchange for Danilo Gallinari and Mike Muscala, according to ESPN

Bagley had averaged 10.2 points (59.1% shooting from the field) and 4.5 rebounds in the 26 games he played this season. Meanwhile, Livers averaged five points and 2.1 rebounds in 23 games.

It has been a terrible campaign for the Pistons, who are currently on a seven-game losing streak, and they are set to freshen things up by getting veterans Danilo Gallinari and Mike Muscala in return.

Gallinari, who is coming off an ACL injury, has played 26 games with averages of seven points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Muscala has been less effective with an average of four points and 3.1 rebounds, but he can contribute off the bench to Detroit’s offense.

Gallinari and Muscala finishing their contracts

The trade can be viewed as an important deal, as it allows Detroit to acquire two experienced players and gain financial flexibility under the salary cap for future trades.

Bagley was set to earn $12.5 million this season and adding Gallinari and Muscala, who are out of contract this summer, would allow them to free up two salaries to gain even more salary cap space for next season.

Both sides will be hoping their respective trades bring a better stroke of fortune than they have had in 2023-24.

The Pistons, who have the worst record in the NBA at 3-36, have struggled badly this year and have endured the humiliation of setting the record for 28 consecutive losses, the most in NBA history. They finally ended the embarrassing run with a 129-127 victory over the Toronto Raptors on December 30.

And things haven’t been much better for the Wizards. While they possess a more talented roster, their 7-31 record is not much better than Pistons and places them as the second-worst team in the league with the same record as the Spurs.