Pistons Trade Amir Johnson for Fabricio Oberto's Contract
As if being traded twice in one day wasn't enough, Oberto should probably wait by the phone; his contract is only partially guaranteed, meaning the Pistons have the option of waiving him before July 1 and only be on the hook for $1.9 million of the $3.8 million he'd otherwise be owed.
Despite the fact Detroit needs to plug holes in their front court after the likely departures of free agents Rasheed Wallace and Antonio McDyess, my guess is that they'll let Oberto walk and use the savings to help make a run at a free agent such as Carlos Boozer or Paul Millsap.
Johnson, meanwhile, is reunited with John Hammond, Milwaukee's general manager who served as Joe Dumars' right-hand man in Detroit when the Pistons drafted Johnson in 2005 and signed him to an extension in 2007.
Despite having four years under his belt, Johnson's ceiling is still unknown; he played only 11 games combined his first two years and spent the next two on a short leash with Flip Saunders and Michael Curry, largely due to foul trouble. When he's on the court, though, he's shown an uncanny ability to block shots, get to loose balls and quite simply make things happen.
He's one of the most athletic players in the league, and despite his up-and-down tenure in Detroit, he's young enough to carve out a successful career. In the short-term, his presence also gives Hammond a backup plan in case the Bucks are unable to re-sign restricted free agent Charlie Villanueva, who's certainly more polished offensively but prefers to play on the perimeter.