Bucks trade Snell, pick to dump salary

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MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks picked up some salary relief Wednesday and the Detroit Pistons addressed a roster need the night before the NBA draft.

Two sources with firsthand knowledge of the process revealed the Bucks have traded small forward Tony Snell and the last pick of the first round of Thursday night's NBA draft (30th overall) to the Detroit Pistons for Jon Leuer.

Snell is due to make $11.4 million this season and has a player option for $12.2 million for the 2020-21 season. The Bucks save $4 million for free agency on the deal by taking back the final year of Leuer, who will make $9.5 million in the final year of the four-year, $43 million deal he signed in the summer of 2016.

Snell has spent the past three seasons with Milwaukee, playing in 74 games (12 starts) last year. He averaged 6.0 points and 2.1 rebounds for the Bucks in 2018-19.

Leuer played in 41 games for the Pistons last year (one start), averaging 3.8 points and 2.4 rebounds. He's entering his ninth season in the NBA.

The Pistons need perimeter wings with size and Snell, 27, fits the bill. He stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 213 pounds. He shot nearly 40% from 3-point range last season, which should help a team that finished 23rd in 3-point shooting last season.

The Pistons now have two first-round picks (15th and 30th overall).

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