2:50pm: The Pistons have officially sent Hilliard to the Rockets for cash considerations, the team announced.
1:58pm: The Rockets’ busy day continues, according to Sam Amick of USA Today (via Twitter), who reports that Houston will acquire Darrun Hilliard from the Pistons. The move is the fifth reported trade today for the Rockets.
Hilliard, a 2015 second-round pick, appeared in 77 games for the Pistons over the last two seasons, playing sparingly. He also appeared in seven total games for the Grand Rapids Drive, Detroit’s G League affiliate, averaging 24.4 PPG in those contests.
Hilliard, who has a $874,636 cap hit in 2016/17 and a non-guaranteed $1,471,382 salary for 2017/18, may be the last piece required for the Rockets to complete their trade for Chris Paul with the Clippers. Earlier this afternoon, I broke down the math behind Houston’s series of moves, noting that the team likely needed to acquire one player to flip to L.A. for salary-matching purposes.