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Detroit Pistons trade Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova to Orlando for Tobias Harris

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With the 2016 trade deadline fast approaching, two fringe Eastern Conference outfits - the Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic - have struck up a deal that both hope will ensure their place in the playoffs this season. 

The Pistons, who have not made the playoffs since 2009, have acquired forward Tobias Harris - averaging 13.7 points and seven rebounds per game for the Magic - with Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova teaming up with their former Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles in Florida.

Harris will be under team control for a while having signed a $64 million four-year deal to stay in Orlando when he was a restricted free agent.

Turkish forward Ilyasova 11.3 points per game in 52 games for this Pistons this season while Brandon Jennings averaged just 6.8 points in 23 as he continues to recover from left Achilles tendon surgery in January 2015.

The Pistons are ninth in the East and Harris provides coach Stan van Gundy with the attacking wing they have sorely missed at times throughout the season. His versatile approach will also fill many roles in Detroit's offence.

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On the other side of the court, Harris limited opponents to 40.8 percent shooting and that could prove invaluable in their hope of finishing in the top eight.

For the Magic, who are 11th in the east, Jennings will provide another option at the point to support sophomore Elfrid Payton and C.J. Watson, who continues to struggle with injuries.

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Ilyasova, shooting 42 percent from the field, gives the Magic more choice at the stretch four while Harris' departure will provide more minutes for Slam Dunk Contest revelation Aaron Gordon.

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Eastern Conference
NBA
Ersan Ilyasova
Detroit Pistons
Central Division
Southeast Division
Orlando Magic
Tobias Harris
Brandon Jennings

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