Beard: Deadline deals add needed depth for Pistons

Erica Murray
February 10, 2018

The Pistons have added a point guard ahead of the NBA Trade Deadline. James Ennis, who was also acquired by the Pistons, will not be available after getting stuck in bad weather today.

Similarly, the Bulls added Nelson when shipping Nikola Mirotic to the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Detroit Pistons kicked off the NBA's trade deadline period with a blockbuster transaction, acquiring Blake Griffin, Willie Reed and Brice Johnson more than a week before the deadline. 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.

Report: Bulls Trade Jameer Nelson to Pistons for Willie Reed

Nelson started the season with the Denver Nuggets, but was soon cut after a one-on-one battle between Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay for the starting point guard spot. That much was clear the moment they traded for Blake Griffin on January 29 and embarked on their current five-game win streak. He is averaging 4.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.

There has been a considerable amount of inconsistency behind Ish Smith with Galloway and Buycks both receiving multiple DNP-CDs as Stan Van Gundy has tried to navigate following Reggie Jackson's grade three ankle sprain late in December. Reed was suspended six games Tuesday after the National Basketball Association looked into the circumstances surrounding his arrest last August on a domestic violence charge. The 23-year-old Johnson was a first-round pick by the Clipper In 2016 out of North Carolina University.

In giving up Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley and Boban Marjanovic, along with two draft picks, the Pistons also gave up much of their depth. 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.

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