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Updated NBA Eastern Conference Power Rankings, Post-Brandon Jennings Trade
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The Detroit Pistons have added Brandon Jennings to their offseason overhaul, but is it enough to change the balance of power in the deeper-than-advertised Eastern Conference?

According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Jennings will have a new three-year, $24 million contract to greet him in Motown. As part of the sign-and-trade swap, the Pistons will send Brandon Knight, Khris Middleton and Slava Kravtsov to the Milwaukee Bucks.

While the defending champion Miami Heat have seen their biggest threats to the conference crown (Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets, etc.) reload this summer, Erik Spoelstra's squad has been confident (or cocky) enough to stand pat for the most part.

Will that trust come back to haunt the Heat as one of these retooled teams unseats the reigning beasts of the East? Or was this a sound strategy built around this group's banner-raising successes?

Read on to find out where the Heat, Jennings' Pistons and the other 13 teams now rank in the Eastern Conference's pecking order.

 

*Unless otherwise noted, statistics used courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.

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