We have an extremely minor deal to start trade deadline day: the Bulls have sent recent acquisition Jameer Nelson to the Detroit Pistons. The Bulls are getting about as little as possible: a 2nd-round pick swap rights in 2022 , and center Willie Reed.
Reed recently was served a suspension due to a domestic violence charge from last August, but he had been playing while the players’ union appealed. He was only just recently traded himself, as part of the Blake Griffin deal from the Clippers to Detroit. Reed, beyond off-court issues, is 27 and an unrestricted free agent after the season. He makes nearly identical (minimum) money to Nelson. Maybe we’ll see the Bulls getting cash here or something, to buy him out. We only tolerate violence towards coaches, here.
(update: Reed is indeed going to be waived. No word on the cash yet.)
It’s a nice favor to the Pistons for whatever reason. Nelson can still serve as a 3rd point guard, and he’s now reunited with his Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy. The Bulls currently need a point guard who can play given that Kris Dunn is still not returning for a bit, but the Bulls also don’t really need anything since they don’t care about this season.
Nelson will go his Bulls career having not played a minute for the team. Here’s some footage of him practicing for the archives, in case he shows up on a future Sporcle quiz or something.