If next season goes as planned, the Pistons won't have a first-round
draft pick - but no matter what happens next season, they'll have the
ability to wade into free agency or to benefit via trades involving
teams looking for financial relief.
The Pistons traded Ben Gordon and a protected future No. 1 pick - fully
lottery protected in 2013 - to Charlotte on Tuesday night for Corey
Maggette, a 32-year-old small forward who gives the Pistons a rim
attacker that complements Lawrence Frank's offensive philosophy.