The Detroit Pistons picked up some backcourt help at Thursday's National Basketball Association trade deadline. 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. The Pistons acquired Johnson and Willie Reed in that deal along with Griffin, but now they're moving on without Reed and Johnson.
The Detroit Pistons announced Thursday that the team has acquired guard Jameer Nelson from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for center Willie Reed and future second-round draft considerations. 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. He was then waived and the New Orleans Pelicans signed him but he was soon traded to the Chicago Bulls for Nikola Mirotic. He is averaging 21 minutes per game in 43 appearances this season. He'll fill a void on the roster created when Stanley Johnson moved into the starting spot after the Clippers trade. He's a 6-foot-7 wing who can guard multiple positions, and is more than capable from beyond the 3-point line at 37 percent for his career. Through two National Basketball Association seasons, Reed has averaged 4.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks per game with a.600 true shooting percentage.
Prior to the trade, the Pistons had used some three-guard rotations. He carries a cap hit of about $3.03 million. With Reggie Hearn and Kay Felder, the Pistons also have some other options in case of injury. Jackson has already passed the six-week mark, but the most recent update from the team suggests the point guard won't likely be cleared to resume running until the All-Star break. It's surprising that they didn't trade at least one of them.