Detroit Pistons add Jameer Nelson, James Ennis before trade deadline

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pistons are sending Brice Johnson and a second-round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for small forward James Ennis. A 13-year National Basketball Association veteran, he's played in 44 career playoff games and averaged 15.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists.

Nelson will beef up the Pistons backcourt with Reggie Jackson out with an injury while Willie Reed will join the frontcourt rotation in a limited role for the Bulls.

The Bulls acquired the 35-year-old Nelson in the trade of Nikola Mirotic to the Pelicans last week. In 43 games this season, Nelson was averaging 5.1 points per game and 3.6 assists per game.

Like Nelson and probably Tony Allen, Reed won't stay in Chicago for very long. Nelson - who, like Reed, is on an expiring minimum contract - provided nothing to tanking Chicago. Reed, who went undrafted in 2011, spent his first four seasons playing overseas and in the G-League (then known as the D-League). Reed has also played for the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers. The former Saint Louis University product averaged 5.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 0.66 blocks and 14.5 minutes in 71 games with the Miami HEAT last season while shooting 56.8 percent from the field.

Reed received a six-game suspension this week as the result of an National Basketball Association investigation into an August 5 domestic violence incident.

Blake Griffin is also a very athletic big man who is also skilled at catching lob passes and turning them into points, all of this points out that Jameer Nelson is going to adapt very well in the current Detroit Pistons game-plan, and that this trade is a very smart move from them. Both sides came out of this well, even if this wasn't a blockbuster deal.

  • Rosalie Stanley