If Reed signs elsewhere as a free agent, he's facing a potential six-game suspension stemming from a domestic violence incident last August. He played in Chicago for just a week and is already on the move, again, to the #Detroit Pistons in exchange for big man Willie Reed.
Jameer Nelson slides in as the primary backup to Ish Smith.
Nelson is no stranger to moving around.
This trade is going to reunite Jameer Nelson with his former head coach Stan Van Gundy, who coached him for five seasons in Orlando from 2007-2012. So far this season, he is shooting 41 percent from the floor and 36.4 percent from long-range distance. The veteran point guard did not appear in any games with Chicago but averaged 5.1 points and 3.6 assists over 20.9 minutes per night in New Orleans. He is in the final year of his contract at $2.26 million.More news: 'Black Panther' Feels Like The Beginning Of Something New For Marvel
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As part of the Nelson-Reed swap, the Bulls get the right to 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.
The Pistons have targeted shooters since the beginning of this past summer, and Ennis will provide a touch of that off the bench. They have been able to add some depth with two players who can contribute for two players who were now quite clearly little more than throw-ins to the Blake Griffin deal.
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. Now he flipped the other piece of that trade Brice Johnson for Memphis Grizzly James Ennis.
Overall, the Pistons got better, both with the Griffin deal and Thursday's additions.