Phoenix Suns' GM Ryan McDonough is wheeling and dealing again, this time sending veteran Anthony Tolliver to the Detroit Pistons for second year forward Tony Mitchell in a move that appears to be an effort to create more space under the salary cap.
The Suns just got younger and less experienced today in what is a mildly interesting move for a team looking to make a push for the playoffs.
Veteran power forward Anthony Tolliver was brought in to help fill the chasmic void left at the stretch four role in the wake of Channing Frye's departure. Tolliver never really found his niche, though, averaging just 11.3 minutes per game in 24 appearances for the Suns.
Tolliver did shoot a very respectable .387 from three point range, but only mustered averages of 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. The Detroit Pistons are apparently looking for a player to soak up minutes at power forward after waiving Josh Smith earlier this week.
Tony Mitchell, a second year player out of North Texas, doesn't appear to be ready to fill that role in the estimation of the Pistons.
Mitchell was drafted in the second round, #37 overall, in the 2013 draft. The 22 year old only appeared in 21 games for the Pistons last season, amassing a grand total of just 79 minutes played. His time was so negligible it is hard to draw any conclusions from his statistical production.
Mitchell is most notably a gifted athlete with major offensive shortcomings.
According to Paul Coro from azcentral.com, though, Mitchell will be waived to create more cap flexibility for the Suns. That means we should all be keeping our eyes open as more moves could be in the works in the near future.
The #Suns traded Anthony Tolliver to Detroit for Tony Mitchell, who they are expected to waive. Their cap space will increase to $6.1M.— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) December 24, 2014