Sacramento Kings trade Corey Joseph, draft picks to Detroit Pistons for Delon Wright

Mar 17, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Delon Wright (55) drives to the basket against the Toronto Raptors during the fourth quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons, buried in last place in the Eastern Conference, swung a deal late Wednesday night on the eve of the NBA trade deadline.

The Sacramento Kings acquired guard Delon Wright from the Pistons in exchange for guard Cory Joseph and second-round draft picks in 2021 and 2024, according to multiple media reports.

Wright will attempt to bolster the Kings’ bid to sneak into the Western Conference playoffs. Sacramento beat the visiting Atlanta Hawks 110-108 on Wednesday, its fourth win in five games.

The Kings (19-25) are just three games behind 10th-place Golden State (22-22), which currently occupies the final play-in spot for the postseason. The Warriors visit Sacramento on Thursday.

Wright, 28, is averaging 10.4 points, five assists and 4.6 rebounds through 36 games this season. He had six points and five steals Wednesday as the Pistons lost 116-111 to the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis.

According to Spotrac.com, Wright is making $9 million this season and he is owed a guaranteed $8.53 million next season.

Joseph, 29, scored just two points Wednesday. On the season, he is producing 6.6 points, 2.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game. His contract calls for a $12.6 million salary in 2021-22, but only $2.4 million of that is guaranteed.

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