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NBA Trade Deadline: Chicago Bulls trade Jameer Nelson to the Pistons

February 21 2018, 05:30 | Van Peters

Willie Reed and Jameer Nelson

Willie Reed and Jameer Nelson

The Detroit Pistons picked up some backcourt help at Thursday's National Basketball Association trade deadline.

While Nelson is a far cry from the All-Star he was in 2008-09 with the Orlando Magic, he gives the Pistons much needed depth at the point guard position with Reggie Jackson out of the lineup.

There was a reason Jameer Nelson was acquired last week in the Nikola Mirotic trade with New Orleans, and then kept away from the media and full contact in practices.

The Pistons made a pair of shrewd deals ahead of Thursday's trade deadline - getting veteran guard Jameer Nelson from the Chicago Bulls for Reed and small forward James Ennis from the Memphis Grizzlies for Johnson - to restock their reserves. Nelson - who, like Reed, is on an expiring minimum contract - provided nothing to tanking Chicago.

Yahoo reports that the teams also swapped their second-round picks in 2022. Also, the Detroit Pistons have Blake Griffin which they got from a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The 6-foot-7 Ennis has averaged 6.9 points in 45 games this season. With the Pistons sending out Boban Marjanovic in the Blake Griffin has been the de facto backup center with originally Reed slated to spell some minutes from him going forward, but now Griffin will need to take on the majority of the workload. The Pistons have been short at guard since Reggie Jackson was sidelined with an ankle injury on December 26th.

While the Pistons are likely to part ways with Nelson after the season, there may have been a longer-term plan in place for Ennis. They, along with Pistons owner Tom Gores, had been coveting an elite-level player to help carry the load, along with franchise centerpiece Andre Drummond. The 23-year-old Johnson was a first-round pick by the Clipper In 2016 out of North Carolina University.



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