NBA trade grades: What moving Mason Plumlee to Charlotte means for the Detroit Pistons and Hornets

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A year after signing Mason Plumlee in free agency, the Detroit Pistons agreed to trade him to the Charlotte Hornets in a cap-related move first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

How might the Pistons utilize the cap flexibility created by trading Plumlee after taking Cade Cunningham with the No. 1 pick in the draft? And why did the Hornets prefer adding him to using cap space themselves?

The deal

Hornets get: Mason Plumlee, 2021 second-round pick (No. 37)

Pistons get: 2021 second-round pick (No. 57)