The Pistons are back to wheeling and dealing, making their first significant trade in nearly three years Tuesday when they sent guard Ben Gordon and a future protected first-round pick to the Charlotte Bobcats for Corey Maggette.

The draft pick is fully lottery protected for next year, top-8 protected for Year 2, top-1 protected for Year 3 and unprotected in Year 4.

Immediately, though, the Pistons save $15 million in cap dollars over the next two years, as Maggette is on an expiring contract. It also inherently puts pressure on the team to make the playoffs next season, since if they don't, the Bobcats own that pick.

"We welcome Corey Maggette to our organization in a transaction that provides us with a veteran scorer and defender in addition to increased roster flexibility moving forward," Pistons president Joe Dumars said in a statement. "We thank Ben Gordon for his commitment to our organization over the last three years and wish him the best in the future."

It's the Pistons' first trade since July 2009, when they traded Arron Afflalo to the Denver Nuggets and Afflalo blossomed afterward. The Pistons, of course, were in a holding pattern the next two years as the team was up for sale.