Detroit Pistons acquire veteran guard Jameer Nelson

Feb 10, 2018, 02:57
Detroit Pistons acquire veteran guard Jameer Nelson

The Los Angeles Clippers originally traded Reed to the Pistons in the recent deal that also sent Blake Griffin to Detroit.

Nelson, 35, reached the 2009 NBA All-Star game with the Orlando Magic when Van Gundy was the coach. James Ennis, who was also acquired by the Pistons, will not be available after getting stuck in bad weather today. New Orleans traded him to the Chicago Bulls on February 1 as part of the package for Nikola Mirotic.

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The Bulls are likely to use Reed at power forward and center to fill in their needs, with an empty spot after the departure of the sharp-shooting Mirotic. The 20th pick overall in the 2004 NBA Draft, Nelson is on a one-year contract for a reported $2.26 million this season.

The Pistons now have six potential point guards on the roster in Reggie Jackson, Ish Smith, Jameer Nelson, Dwight Buycks, Langston Galloway, and Kay Felder. The Pistons have effectively made Griffin their backup center since the trade, using him and Anthony Tolliver together when Andre Drummond is on the bench.

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Big man Willie Reed is now serving a six-game suspension due to a domestic violence incident [VIDEO].

In return they only had to give up Johnson, who didn't even play in a game for the Pistons after coming over in the Griffin trade, and a future second-round pick that clearly doesn't concern them at this point. The 23-year-old Johnson was a first-round pick by the Clipper In 2016 out of North Carolina University. He posted 6.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and shot 36 percent beyond the arc this season in 45 games, including 14 starts.

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Johnson was rumored to be part of a deal the Pistons were pursuing to add Dante Cunningham from the New Orleans Pelicans but ultimately it is the Grizzlies and Ennis with which they find the fit to get a deal done.

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