Detroit — Add Dwight Buycks to the list of injured Pistons.
Buycks, a reserve point guard, suffered a sprained left ankle Thursday during practice and missed Friday's game against the Chicago Bulls.
Buycks sustained the injury playing one-on-one drills with Langston Galloway and Reggie Jackson — who himself is recovering from a grade-3 ankle sprain that has kept him sidelined since December.
Detroit — Jameer Nelson was as surprised as anybody. On Feb. 8, the day of the NBA trade deadline, he was making yet another move.
Veterans have a way of understanding the business side of the NBA, and Nelson is no different. A week after being traded from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Chicago Bulls in the deal for Nikola Mirotic, Nelson was on the move again.
He hadn't even suited up to play for the Bulls and was heading to a squad with an already-stocked roster at point guard.
Atlanta — Sunday was like the basketball version of the first day of school for Pistons forward James Ennis III.
New coaches, new teammates, new uniform, new number.
It's the reality of the NBA trade deadline, only sped up and condensed into a whirlwind couple of days for Ennis, who was acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies for Brice Johnson and a second-round draft pick ahead of last Thursday's deadline.
Pistons acquire Ennis from Memphis for Johnson, 2nd-rounder
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons capped a busy couple of weeks with an active deadline day.
The Pistons acquired James Ennis from the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday for Brice Johnson and a 2022 second-round draft pick. It was the second deal announced by Detroit on the day of the NBA's trade deadline. The Pistons also acquired Jameer Nelson from Chicago.
The Pistons weren't going to stand pat ahead of the trade deadline. That much was clear the moment they traded for Blake Griffin on Jan. 29 and embarked on their current five-game win streak.
What they had wasn't going to work, and team president/coach Stan Van Gundy and general manager Jeff Bower could see that plainly. They, along with Pistons owner Tom Gores, had been coveting an elite-level player to help carry the load, along with franchise centerpiece Andre Drummond.
Pistons acquire Nelson in trade with Chicago
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have acquired guard Jameer Nelson from the Chicago Bulls for center Willie Reed.
The teams announced the trade Thursday.
The Bulls also received the right to swap second-round draft picks with Detroit in 2022. Chicago immediately waived Reed.
The Pistons made one of the biggest moves before Thursday's trade deadline in acquiring Blake Griffin.
They're not done.
The Pistons are working on a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies to add small forward James Ennis for forward Brice Johnson, whom they acquired in last week's deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Pistons weren't done dealing following the Blake Griffin deal, after all.
After last week's big deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Pistons made another move ahead of Thursday's trade deadline. They'll get veteran point guard Jameer Nelson from the Chicago Bulls for center Willie Reed, whom the Pistons acquired from the Clippers, a league source confirmed to The Detroit News.
Injured Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier is going home.
Shazier was released from the hospital on Thursday, nearly two months after suffering a spinal injury in a victory over Cincinnati. The Pro Bowler underwent spine stabilization on Dec. 6 and while he was able to travel a bit, including visiting team practices and making appearances at Heinz Field for games, he returned to the hospital each evening.
Pelicans acquire Mirotic from Bulls for 3 players and pick
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans acquired forward Nikola Mirotic and a second-round draft pick from the Chicago Bulls for center Omer Asik, guards Jameer Nelson and Tony Allen, and a first-round pick.
The trade, announced by both teams late Thursday afternoon, comes less than a week after New Orleans lost All-Star DeMarcus Cousins for the season because of a left Achilles tear — and with the Pelicans still in the playoff picture.
Cousins, Davis lead Pelicans past Bucks, 115-108
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When DeMarcus Cousins was asked about his soaring, one-handed, put-back dunk in the fourth quarter, the Pelicans star took the opportunity to have a little fun at the expense of Pelicans teammate Jameer Nelson, sitting two lockers away.
"Well, I saw that Jameer was going to miss, so something just told me to keep going," said a chuckling Cousins, who got a running start from about the 3-point line on the play. "But when it left his hand, it didn't look too good."
DeRozan scores 25, leads Raptors over Pelicans 125-116
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Toronto Raptors were pummeled in the paint and turned the ball over too often.
The way DeMar DeRozan and crew were shooting, it didn't matter.
DeRozan scored 25 points and the Raptors shot 59 percent from the floor to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 125-116 on Wednesday night.
Toronto made 47 percent of its 3-point attempts, and seven Raptors had at least 10 points. Among them were Kyle Lowry with 22, Jonas Valanciunas with 21 and C.J. Miles at 17.
AP source: Pelicans add Nelson with Rondo out
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A person familiar with the deal says guard Jameer Nelson has agreed to one-year, veteran minimum, free-agent contract with the New Orleans Pelicans.
The person informed The Associated Press of the move on condition of anonymity Saturday because the transaction has not been announced. The person says the Pelicans also have decided to waive guard Jordan Crawford to create room on the roster for Nelson, who became a free agent this past week when he was released by Denver.
DeMarcus Cousins sits with Achilles tendinitis
DENVER (AP) — New Orleans forward DeMarcus Cousins will sit Friday night against Denver with tendinitis in his right Achilles.
The hard-to-cover Cousins is coming off a monster game against the Nuggets on Tuesday night, when he had 30 points and 14 rebounds in a 134-131 home loss.
Cousins missed a game with left knee soreness/bruised rib and two more due to a sprained right ankle since being acquired from Sacramento in late February. He sat another due to an NBA suspension.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The way Nikola Jokic is playing, even his teammates are astonished.
With his second triple-double in two nights, Jokic led the Denver Nuggets to a 110-98 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old center finished with 13 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his fourth career triple-double — all in his last 13 games.
"Amazing, amazing," Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari said. "That is all I can tell you. (Jokic) is playing great for us."
Jokic, Nelson help Nuggets beat Jazz 103-93
DENVER (AP) — For the second straight game, Jameer Nelson took over late to try and rescue the Denver Nuggets from a fourth-quarter collapse.
This time he was successful.
Nikola Jokic had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Nelson scored seven of his 17 points in the last four minutes and the Nuggets held on to beat the Utah Jazz 103-93 on Tuesday night.
Gallinari scores 27 as Nuggets beat Trail Blazers 132-120
DENVER (AP) — Gary Harris' return was supposed to strengthen Denver's defense. Instead, the Nuggets relied on their offense to finally solve the Portland Trail Blazers.
Harris had 18 points in his first game back from a foot injury, Danilo Gallinari scored 20 of his 27 in the first half and the Nuggets led big early before holding on late to beat the Trail Blazers 132-120 Thursday night.
Suns’ rally falls short, Nuggets win 120-114
PHOENIX (AP) — Poise down the stretch has not always been a virtue of the Denver Nuggets.
It certainly was Sunday.
It seemed that every time Phoenix pulled close, Denver's Wilson Chandler or Jameer Nelson would make a big shot and the Nuggets held on for a 120-114 victory.
"I am pretty cool all the time. That is just my demeanor, always laid back," Chandler said. "I don't really think about it (taking and making a big shot). It is just another shot, if I miss it or if I make it."