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Report: Hawks trading Dewayne Dedmon to Pistons for Tony Snell, Khyri Thomas

Dewayne Dedmon, who's being traded from the Pistons to the Hawks

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 09: Dewayne Dedmon #14 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts after dunking against the New York Knicks in the first half at State Farm Arena on February 09, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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The Pistons have a new small forward in Trevor Ariza and a center entering unrestricted free agency in Christian Wood.

So, Detroit is trading incumbent starting small forward Tony Snell to the Hawks for center Dewayne Dedmon.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

James Edwards of The Athletic:

Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

I’m not sure why Detroit would make this trade unless keeping Dedmon. He earns more next season than Snell plus Thomas’ $744,684 guarantee. Dedmon also has $1 million guaranteed of his 13,333,333 salary for 2021-22 . Snell and Thomas have expiring contracts.

Perhaps, this will turn into a multi-team trade before being officially completed.

Or maybe the Pistons will keep Dedmon if Wood leaves. Dedmon could be a credible starting center.

This trade cuts slightly into Detroit’s ability to re-sign Wood. The Pistons now have $11,544,197 of cap room available – which could translate to a four-year, $51,718,003 contract for Wood. Is that enough?

Snell is a fine addition for Atlanta. The Hawks were already overloaded at center with Clint Capela, John Collins and No. 6 pick Onyeka Okongwu. Wings, especially those who can shoot like Snell, are generally more valuable than bigs. With plenty of cap room, Atlanta could incur the small cost of Khyri Thomas’ guarantee for the Dedmon-to-Snell upgrade.