Pistons add Jameer Nelson, James Ennis before trade deadline

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Third-year forward Stanley Johnson is surging and swingman Reggie Bullock is averaging 11.6 points per game and shooting nearly 50 percent from 3-point range since Dec. 1.

The front office is ecstatic over the progress of rookie guard Luke Kennard, who is shooting 41.6 percent from 3-point range.

Reed and Brice Johnson were acquired from the Clippers as part of the Blake Griffin trade on Jan. 29.

Reed, 27, appeared in three games with the Pistons, before beginning a six-game suspension without pay for a domestic violence incident involving his wife.

The NBA announced Reed's suspension Tuesday and the Pistons were made aware of the possibility during the Jan. 29 trade call with the NBA.

Reed was arrested in Miami and charged with a misdemeanor offense on Aug. 5, and he entered into a pretrial diversion program to resolve the criminal charge Oct. 16.

He played with the Miami Heat last season.

With Andre Drummond, Griffin, Jon Leuer (out for season) and Eric Moreland under contract for 2018-19, the Pistons didn't have any interest in trying to re-sign Reed this offseason.

It was the same for Brice Johnson, who played for the Grand Rapids Drive, the Pistons' Gatorade League affiliate, He scored 16 points in the Drive's victory at the Windy City Bulls in Chicago on Wednesday.

The Pistons have Griffin, Leuer, Henry Ellenson and hope to bring back unrestricted free agent Anthony Tolliver next season, leaving no spot for Brice Johnson, who plays power forward.

The Pistons are 5-0 since acquiring Griffin.

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