NBA Trade Grades: Bulls sending Jameer Nelson to Pistons

Lawrence Cooper
February 9, 2018

While the Cavaliers were busy dominating the headlines leading up to the National Basketball Association trade deadline, other teams also were making deals. But the Detroit Pistons quietly made a pair of moves to improve their roster. Since the deal was announced, the Pistons have turned an eight-game losing streak into a five-game winning streak and jumped back in the playoff picture. Nelson, a veteran in his 13th year in the league, should prove capable of running an offense and generate the desired chemistry coach Stan Van Gundy has been looking for.

During Reggie Jackson's absence with a severely sprained ankle, which has made Ish Smith a starter, Van Gundy has struggled to settle on a backup point guard. Though Nelson started much of last season for the Denver Nuggets, he's dependent on shooting a high percentage from 3 (as in 2016-17, but not this season) to score with even adequate efficiency at this point because he rarely creates for himself or others off the dribble.

Nelson is playing his 14th season in the National Basketball Association, averaging career lows in most major stat categories. Nelson, who turns 36 tomorrow, has declined significantly. He is in the final year of his contract at $2.26 million.

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The Detroit Pistons have acquired guard Jameer Nelson from the Chicago Bulls for center Willie Reed. Reed was acquired in the Griffin deal and was suspended earlier in the week. Reed saw limited action in three games before his suspension. Maybe. I doubt the present-focused Van Gundy blinked at the cost, especially considering he had no attachment to Willie Reed (who came to Detroit in the Griffin trade).

Ennis, 27, is in his fourth National Basketball Association season, averaging 6.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in his career.

Ennis, a second-round pick of the Heat in 2013, averaged 6.9 points and 3.5 rebounds in 45 games for Memphis this season, his third with the team.

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