Pistons land PG Jameer Nelson in trade with Bulls

Rod Beard
The Detroit News

The Pistons weren’t done dealing following the Blake Griffin deal, after all.

After last week’s big deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Pistons made another move ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline. They’ll get veteran point guard Jameer Nelson from the Chicago Bulls for center Willie Reed, whom the Pistons acquired from the Clippers, a league source confirmed to The Detroit News.

Getting Nelson, who turns 36 on Friday, shores up the Pistons’ backcourt with veteran point guard who played for Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy with the Orlando Magic.


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Nelson started the season and played 43 games with the New Orleans Pelicans, but was traded last week to the Bulls, in the deal for Nikola Mirotic. Nelson didn’t play a game for the Bulls and his remaining salary is $2.2 million for the season. He posted 5.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists, hitting 36 percent on 3-pointers.

Reed played in three games for the Pistons and was suspended for six games by the NBA on Tuesday as a result of domestic-violence charges arising from an incident with his wife in August 2017. He averaged 0.7 points and 0.3 rebounds and played just three minutes total.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports was first to report the trade news. Charania also reported that the Pistons and Bulls also will swap second-round picks in 2022 as part of the deal.