In 2001, Orlando had an option to take a pick from Phoenix, which was the 18th overall selection. However, Orlando also owed Houston a pick. The pick was top-17 protected for Orlando and it stipulated that if either their own pick or a pick from Phoenix dropped out of the top-17, it would automatically go to Houston. This did happen and Orlando was likely going to take the pick and pay their debit to Houston. Anyway, before Orlando's deadline to take Phoenix's pick, the Vancouver Grizzlies had a deadline to acquire a pick that was in the top-18 to send to Detroit or the protection on their own pick would become very small (2002- top-5 protected, 2003- top-1 protected, 2004- unprotected.). Detroit got nervous that when Houston received the pick, they would send it to Vancouver, who would then send it to Detroit. So, Detroit and Orlando made a deal. Orlando wouldn't make their decision to take Phoenix's pick until after the Grizzlies deadline and in excange, Detroit would give Orlando back the pick that they sent to Toronto and Detroit had acquired at the trade deadline. This happened. So, in the end, Orlando got that pick back and now Detroit figures to benefit greatly from a high draft pick either this year or next.
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