AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (WJBK) - With the NBA's Thursday 3pm trade deadline quickly approaching, the Detroit Pistons continue to make moves, according to a league source.
For their second big trade this week, the Pistons have acquired forward/center Donatas Motiejunas & guard Marcus Thornton from the Houston Rockets for center Joel Anthony and a top-8 protected first round pick, the source confirmed to FOX 2's Jennifer Hammond.
Motiejunas, 25, is in his fourth NBA season and the seven-footer is averaging 5.6 points per game & 2.1 rebounds in 14 games played this season since recovering from herniated disk surgery last March, but all 14 of those games were in December and hasn't played in an NBA game since December 31st due to back pain.
Recently he has been getting rehab playing time in the NBADL and was close to returning to NBA action before the trade. Last season he played in 71 games while averaging 12.0 points and 5.9 rebounds on just over 50% shooting.
Thornton, 28, has been in the NBA since 2009-2010 and this will be his seventh team. He's played in 47 games this season and is averaging 10 points on 40% from the field 33.8% from 3. He also is averaging 1.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game this season. Thornton is a career 42.6% shooter with a career average of 12.4 points per game.
Anthony, 33, has played in 13 games this season for the Pistons averaging .7 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. He was in his second season in Detroit.
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