Nelson will be reunited with head coach Stan Van Gundy, who was with him in Orlando and is expected to provide depth for a Pistons team that is without Reggie Jackson.
The Pistons sent Brice Johnson and a future 2nd round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for forward James Ennis, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Ennis averaged 6.9 points and 3.5 rebounds in 45 games for Memphis this season. Johnson has been averaging 1.8 points this season for the Pistons.
Bulls’ Fred Hoiberg Upset with Team’s Defense, Everything Else
“I was upset with everything,” Fred Hoiberg said, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic.
“We weren’t getting back. We let our lack of shot-making affect our overall game as far as edge and effort. Our transition defense was not good, and we weren’t getting matched up coming back.”
“Luckily, it’s just preseason. It doesn’t count on our record,” Bulls forward Bobby Portis said. “But I think that moving forward we can use this as a lesson learned for the regular season and not have nights like this anymore.”
Bulls, Pacers Interested In Jahlil Okafor
Jahlil Okafor has struggled to stay on the court after an impressive rookie season, and he will be looking for a new home after the Brooklyn Nets are unlikely to bring him back next season, according to The Sporting News’ Sean Deveney.
Okafor has trimmed down, going from 275 pounds to 258 pounds.
Bulls’ Kris Dunn Was ‘Offended’ By Questions of Work Ethic
Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn hasn’t really capitalized on his potential and the Bulls are hoping that his second season in the Windy City will be much better than his first.
Dunn has been no stranger to criticism, and admits that he was “offended” over questions about his work ethic.
“I was definitely offended by it. My dad worked hard in life” Dunn said, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Shannon Ryan. “My brothers and sisters and me (took) hard work very seriously. It is the only way to succeed.”
Dunn won’t let the talk bother him and is looking forward to getting back to work and improving his game.
“You don’t get too caught up in it. You just keep doing what you do best. I know I work hard. I don’t have to prove it to anybody. I just have to show it on the court. I have no answers for (why the rumors originated). Whoever put it out there, that’s how they felt. Questioning my work ethic? That’s just (not valid). I work hard. If I’m not working, I’m around my family. Absolutely nothing (has changed about workouts or preparation).”
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