(670 The Score) The Bulls made a small move about four hours before the 2 p.m. trade deadline Thursday, sending veteran guard Jameer Nelson to the Pistons in exchange for center Willie Reed and — in the only possible significant part of the exchange — the right to swap second-round picks in the 2022 draft.
Later in the after, the Bulls waived the 27-year-old Reed, who was averaging 4.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 10.2 minutes per game in 42 games this season. He was recently acquired by the Pistons as part of the deal with the Clippers in which star Blake Griffin was sent to Detroit.
Reed is currently serving a six-game suspension without pay for a domestic violence incident that involved his wife. The incident occurred last August, and he was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor offense. He entered a pretrial diversion program in October to resolve the criminal charge. He’s served one of his six games so far.
“We traded Jameer Nelson’s contract for an opportunity to switch some seconds,” executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said. “Which was a little bit of a roll of the dice, but it may turn into something down the road for us that we didn’t anticipate.”
The Bulls acquired the 35-year-old Nelson in the trade of Nikola Mirotic to the Pelicans last week. He didn’t project to play for the rebuilding Bulls down the stretch, as they’re looking to give playing time to youngsters. That includes the team’s desire to get a look at point guard Cameron Payne, who made his playing debut this season for the Windy City Bulls in the G League on Wednesday night.