Suns trade Anthony Tolliver to Pistons for Tony Mitchell

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The Suns and the Pistons announced the completion of a minor trade on Wednesday, but one that should be at least somewhat beneficial for both sides.

Phoenix sent Anthony Tolliver to Detroit in exchange for Tony Mitchell.

Tolliver was signed by the Suns as a free agent this offseason, with the hope that he could provide some additional shooting for the team in a reserve role off the bench. But he struggled to contribute anything of meaning when he got his opportunities — Tolliver averaged just 3.3 points in 11.3 minutes per contest, and did not play in the Suns’ last four games.

Mitchell, meanwhile, was selected 37th overall by the Pistons in the 2013 NBA Draft, but hadn’t seen any regular season game action this year. In six D-League appearances, he’s averaged 8.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest.

Phoenix is expected to waive Mitchell, reports Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. Once that move is complete, the Suns will have increased their available salary cap space to $6.1 million.