Chicago Bulls make two trades at the National Basketball Association trade deadline

NBA trade rumors Pistons trading Willie Reed to Bulls for Jameer Nelson
NBA trade rumors Pistons trading Willie Reed to Bulls for Jameer Nelson

10 February, 2018

The Bulls acquired Nelson from the New Orleans Pelicans in the Nikola Mirotic trade strictly as salary ballast, and he nearly certainly would have been waived had Chicago not found a taker before the deadline. This suspension will have to wait, however, as the Bulls are expected to quickly release him.

Yahoo reports that the teams also swapped their second-round picks in 2022. Reed will be waived, per Vincent Goodwill of NBC Sports Chicago. Bobby Marks from ESPN reported that the Bulls created a $1.43M trade exception with the trade. He probably won't usurp Ish Smith in the starting lineup, but Nelson should provide quality minutes for the Pistons until Jackson returns from his ankle injury.

Nelson is no stranger to moving around.

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While Nelson is a far cry from the All-Star he was in 2008-09 with the Orlando Magic, he gives the Pistons much needed depth at the point guard position with Reggie Jackson out of the lineup. He is averaging 4.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. The 35-year-old is shooting 36.4 percent from three-point range this season after posting a 38.8 percent mark in 75 games last season. Johnson was acquired from the Los Angles Clippers in the Griffin trade, but has not appeared in a game for the Pistons since the deal. His contract expires this summer, but as holders of his early Bird rights, the Pistons can re-sign him for up to 175 percent of his current year's salary of $3.02 million.

Johnson recalled The Pistons recalled Brice Johnson from the Grand Rapids Drive on Thursday and rumous had the six-foot-10, 230-pound forward on the move to Memphis in a deal for James Ennis that never materialized. For next season and later they have the ability to retain both Nelson (albeit unlikely beyond this season) and Ennis.

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