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The Detroit Pistons have sent Willie Reed to the Chicago Bulls. In return, the Pistons get former All-Star Jameer Nelson. It was one of Thursday’s first NBA trade deadline deals.

This news was first reported by Shams Charania:

Nelson, who made the NBA All-Star team in 2009, is a still capable veteran. While no longer a starting caliber point guard, he is averaging 5.1 points and 3.6 assists per game this season. It is worth noting, obviously, that his role had been reduced so far this season. He’s likely to see a little more time on the floor in Detroit.

Wonder who the Bulls will trade that pick to during the NBA Draft in exchange for cash?

Reed isn’t exactly a blockbuster name. Being stuck behind some more talented players at his position in Detroit, he has been averaging only 3.0 minutes per contest (in only three appearances).

Stan Van Gundy and the Pistons are clearly trying to build toward a playoff push. Having acquired Blake Griffin recently, and now adding Nelson into the mix, it will be interesting to see how the Pistons maneuver through the Eastern Conference.


As for the Bulls, who have a young nucleus of good talent, they remain some time away from serious contention.

Joseph has been covering college basketball for nearly a decade. He's also the co-host of the Off The Wall podcast. Marty Jannetty is better than HBK.
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