The Pistons have been on fire with trades made before the trade deadline. The cream of the crop happened early last week when the Pistons traded away expiring contracts in Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley, among others to the LA Clippers for Blake Griffin, Willie Reed, and Brice Johnson. Since that trade was made, the Pistons have gone 5-0 and the combo of Griffin and center Andre Drummond has played extremely well. But that wasn’t the end for head coach/ President of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy and the Pistons before the trade deadline.
Today it was announced that Detroit made two more moves before the deadline. First, they took Willie Reed from the first trade and sent him along with a second round pick to the Chicago Bulls for Guard Jameer Nelson. This move was made for a little insurance once Reggie Jackson comes back from injury later this month. Nelson is 16 year vet who played with SVG in Orlando, who seems to be nothing but a bench guard.
The other trade was done with the third part of the Griffin trade, Brice Johnson. Johnson was sent to Memphis for Small Forward James Ennis. Ennis is a five year veteran and continues to provide depth for the Pistons bench, and shoots 37% from three.
With these moves, the Pistons are looking to make a huge playoff push. Other than the Pistons, the only other team to make big moves was the Cleveland Cavaliers, who was already expected to finish first or second in the East. Detroit currently sits in eighth place and trending upwards. This month they’ll have big games against the Hornets, Raptors, and Bucks to prove that they belong in the conversation in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and maybe even win a playoff series this year.