Pistons add Jameer Nelson, James Ennis before trade deadline

Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press on

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The Detroit Pistons didn't see long-term fits with recent acquisitions Willie Reed and Brice Johnson

General manager Jeff Bower went to work, and a flurry of trade-deadline activity will allow Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy to reunite with his old point guard.

The Pistons acquired veteran point guard Jameer Nelson from the Chicago Bulls for Reed, a person with firsthand knowledge of the process told the Free Press on Thursday morning.

The move was first reported by Yahoo! Sports and came hours before the 3 p.m. trade deadline.

Minutes later, the Pistons agreed to add small forward James Ennis from the Memphis Grizzlies for Brice Johnson, the same person told the Free Press. was first to report the Ennis deal.


As part of the Nelson-Reed swap, the Bulls get the right to swap second-round picks in 2022, according to multiple published reports.

The Grizzlies get a future second-round pick from the Pistons.

Nelson, 35, reached the 2009 NBA All-Star game with the Orlando Magic when Van Gundy was the coach. The season ended with a loss in the NBA Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Pistons now have four pure point guards on the roster with Reggie Jackson, Ish Smith and Dwight Buycks. Combo guard Langston Galloway also plays point guard and is the current backup behind Smith. Jackson is out until at least after the All-Star break later this month with a severe right ankle sprain.


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