Report: Tony Snell, 1st-Round Pick Traded to Pistons from Bucks for Jon Leuer

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2019

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The Detroit Pistons have acquired Tony Snell and the 30th overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft in a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for forward Jon Leuer, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday night.

As Wojnarowski and ESPN colleague Zach Lowe noted, Detroit was willing to absorb salary to gain an extra first-round pick in Thursday's draft:

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn

So the Pistons will be have the 15th and 30th picks in the draft on Thursday. Bucks saved $4M in salary this year, and won’t have Snell’s $12M in salary on books for 2020-21.

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA

Detroit essentially paying $14M -- mostly in the form of Snell's $12.2M player option for 2020-21 season -- for the 30th pick. Leuer's deal expires after 2019-2020 season. https://t.co/SFoOOpsibq

Snell has been a reliable part of the Bucks rotation for the past three years, averaging 7.2 points per game while shooting 40.3 percent from deep.

His playing time declined in 2018-19 to 17.6 minutes per game—his fewest since his rookie season—but he still made 74 appearances and 12 starts for a team that led the NBA with a 60-22 record.

However, he was clearly expendable, as he saw limited action during the Bucks' postseason run. That isn't ideal for a player owed $11.4 million in 2019-20 plus a $12.2 million player option in 2020-21.

Milwaukee sought out a trade in the offseason to try to unload his salary, per Marc Stein of the New York Times. By finding a trade partner, the Bucks now have more flexibility to re-sign their top free agents.

While he was no longer an ideal fit for the Bucks, Snell can still provide a lot of value for the Pistons. He's an above-average defender who can regularly knock down shots from the perimeter, which could allow him to earn playing time next season in Detroit.