Kings trade Cory Joseph for Detroit Pistons’ Delon Wright

Kings make the Wright move to bolster their lineup.

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On the night of 3/24/2021, the Sacramento Kings traded G Cory Joseph and two 2nd round picks to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for G Delon Wright. This was the first trade of the 2020-2021 season for the Kings and freed them of Joseph’s $12.6 million salary for the 2021-2022 season.

Wright, who is 28 years old is in the middle of his 6th season is a versatile lengthy guard that can play both guard positions and shows at least some touch from three (career 35.6% 3P%) as well as being a capable defender (1.5 SPG in 2020-2021). Delon has two years left on his contract, making $9 million this season and $8.5 million the next. 

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Joseph, who debuted with the team last year, usually took the floor in substitution for one of the Kings’ guards in De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, or Tyrese Haliburton. A generally unimpressive player, Joseph was a below-average shooter (career 33.3% 3P%, 75.6% FT% in 2020-2021) and was usually put on the floor to fill a position. Cory had two years left on his 3 year/$37,200,000 contract, slated to make 12.6 million dollars this season and the next.

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Ultimately, this was a terrific move by the Kings to bolster their lineup offensively and defensively as well as free up over $10 million dollars in cap space for next year. This could be the start of a flurry of moves as the rumors of Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes, and Richaun Holmes possibly being traded have echoed throughout the media.

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