Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Willie Reed traded from Pistons to Bulls, will be bought out

NBA trade rumors Pistons trading Willie Reed to Bulls for Jameer Nelson The Pistons have been dealing with injuries in their backcourt and by adding Nelson they at least address some of their depth
Kristopher Love | 09 February, 2018, 04:04

After the Blake Griffin trade thinned out the Pistons' wing rotation, Galloway is more important there, so there was some need for a steadier hand at the point.

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. He was traded to Chicago last week in the multi-player deal that sent Nikola Mirotic to the Pelicans, but he didn't play in a game for the Bulls. While Nelson didn't actually get on the court for Chicago, he appeared in 43 games off the bench for New Orleans en route to averaging 5.1 points, 3.6 assists and 2.2 rebounds over 20.9 minutes per game.

Nelson is playing his 14th season in the National Basketball Association, averaging career lows in most major stat categories.

The veteran guard will turn 36 on Friday. He is in the last year of the two-year, $6 million contract he signed with the Grizzlies in July 2016.

The first trade that the Bulls made was trading Jameer Nelson to the Detroit Pistons. Reed was acquired in the Griffin deal and was suspended earlier in the week.

What they had wasn't going to work, and team president/coach Stan Van Gundy and general manager Jeff Bower could see that plainly. He was a first-round pick in the 2016 draft by the Clippers, but has played less than 50 minutes in his National Basketball Association career. His value comes from efficiency, as Ennis is shooting 48.6 percent from the floor, 35.7 percent from 3-point range and 87.7 percent from the free throw line. But at least he's just 27 if the Bulls want to take a flier on evaluating him for next season, and moving up in the second round only helps.

Johnson, 23, never stepped on the court in a Pistons uniform.