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Detroit Pistons add Jameer Nelson, James Ennis before trade deadline

Detroit Pistons add Jameer Nelson, James Ennis before trade deadline

Adding Nelson, who's reunited with Stan Van Gundy after serving as his starting point guard during Van Gundy's time with the Orlando Magic, looks mostly like an insurance move for Detroit.

Energized by Blake Griffin, the Pistons are back in the thick of the playoff race.

No, it's not a glamorous trade, but Nelson will improve the Pistons' depth. He later landed with the New Orleans Pelicans and became a trade chip in return for Nikola Mirotic.

Nelson is playing his 14th season in the National Basketball Association, averaging career lows in most major stat categories.

Detroit Pistons add Jameer Nelson, James Ennis before trade deadline
Detroit Pistons add Jameer Nelson, James Ennis before trade deadline

Ennis has been a solid rotation player for the Grizzlies the past two seasons after they plucked him out of the G League, then lost him to the Pelicans and re-signed him. Nelson, who turns 36 tomorrow, has declined significantly. Like Reed, Johnson came from the Clippers with Griffin. Sports' Shams Charania, the Chicago Bulls have agreed to send backup point guard Jameer Nelson to the Detroit Pistons for reserve center Willie Reed.

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. He was a first-round pick in the 2016 draft by the Clippers, but has played less than 50 minutes in his National Basketball Association career. With the Pistons sending out Boban Marjanovic in the Blake Griffin has been the de facto backup center with originally Reed slated to spell some minutes from him going forward, but now Griffin will need to take on the majority of the workload. He is now shooting 41 percent from the floor, 36.4 percent from three-point range and 76.5 percent from the free-throw line in 2017-18.

The Detroit Pistons just keep making moves.

Johnson, 23, never stepped on the court in a Pistons uniform.


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