Pistons acquire Nelson in trade with Chicago

Posted February 10, 2018

In need of some depth at point guard and small forward, Stan Van Gundy worked quickly to grab some cheap adding to a growingly competent bench unit. He later landed with the New Orleans Pelicans and became a trade chip in return for Nikola Mirotic.

Big man Willie Reed is now serving a six-game suspension due to a domestic violence incident [VIDEO]. This suspension will have to wait, however, as the Bulls are expected to quickly release him.

That appears to be Reed's fate, with David Aldridge of Turner Sports reporting the Bulls won't keep him.

During Reggie Jackson's absence with a severely sprained ankle, which has made Ish Smith a starter, Van Gundy has struggled to settle on a backup point guard.

Nelson is no stranger to moving around.

Nelson, 35, reached the 2009 NBA All-Star game with the Orlando Magic when Van Gundy was the coach. So far this season, he is shooting 41 percent from the floor and 36.4 percent from long-range distance. Nelson was averaging 16.7 points per game back then which was his career-high, along with 50 percent from the field, 45 percent from the three-point line and 88.7 percent from the free-throw line.

The Pistons are trying to see if they can make an impact in this year's Eastern Conference playoffs, so adding a player like Ennis on an expiring $3 million contract makes total sense. The Pistons and Bills will also swap second round picks in 2022. The 23-year-old Johnson was a first-round pick by the Clipper In 2016 out of North Carolina University.

What did the Pistons get from this trade? Getting Ennis plugs that hole and allows them to have lanky defenders who can hit from 3-point range in the second unit, with Luke Kennard and Anthony Tolliver.

Considering how hamstrung the Pistons are with regards to salary, the organization will likely value the opportunity to use early Bird rights to retain his services.

Johnson recalled The Pistons recalled Brice Johnson from the Grand Rapids Drive on Thursday and rumous had the six-foot-10, 230-pound forward on the move to Memphis in a deal for James Ennis that never materialized.