Nelson averaged 4.9 points, 3.6 assists and 2.1 rebounds over 50 games played with the Pelicans and Pistons during the 2017-18 season.
At 35 years old, Nelson's 14th NBA season indicated that the end is coming soon for his career, as his minutes, points, assists, rebounds and just about every other statistical category declined drastically from years prior. The former Saint Joseph's standout will be a free agent this summer and it won't be surprising if he considers retirement.
Nelson registered 12 points (5-12 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five assists, one rebound and one steal across 20 minutes in Monday's 118-103 loss to the Pelicans.
Nelson certainly wasn't shy in his second game with his new team, hoisting up 12 shots in just 20 minutes off the bench. With Reggie Jackson (ankle) out for another few weeks and Ish Smith struggling to lead an offense for the Pistons, Nelson is positioning himself for more minutes due to a solid first two games with the team. He has 10 assists in two games for the Pistons, and Monday night he showed what he could bring to the table from a scoring standpoint, albeit it wasn't the best performance from three-point range.
Nelson totaled six points (3-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt), five assists and two rebounds across 19 minutes in Sunday's 118-115 loss to the Hawks.
In Nelson's first game playing with the team, he posted pedestrian numbers, but totals that were solid contributions off the bench for the minutes he was given. Nelson won't hold much stock on the Pistons with a crowded backcourt, but Sunday showed he's still capable of dishing the ball to the team's playmakers, which is enough to continue earning minutes off the bench.
Nelson will make his Pistons debut Friday against the Clippers, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Nelson, who was acquired from the Bulls on Thursday, is expected to compete with the likes of Langston Galloway and Dwight Buycks for minutes off the bench behind fill-in starting point guard Ish Smith, as Reggie Jackson (ankle) is expected to remain sidelined until March. With that many options at point guard, Nelson isn't likely to have a major fantasy utility in his new home.
Nelson (coach's decision) is questionable for Friday's matchup with the Clippers, Ron Beard of The Detroit Pistons reports.
Nelson will have to pass a physical exam before he can take the court. If he is cleared to play, expect the veteran to come off the bench behind starter Ish Smith. With Reggie Jackson (ankle) out for the immediate future, Nelson could see a decent amount of action in Detroit, but he will have to battle with Langston Galloway and Dwight Buycks for minutes.
Nelson will be traded from the Bulls to the Pistons in exchange for Willie Reed, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Nelson was originally traded from the Pelicans to the Bulls early last week, but is now on the move once again and is set to join the Pistons. Detroit is currently without starter Reggie Jackson (ankle) and a timetable has yet to be established for his return, so Nelson should provide some added depth at point guard in the meantime. Look for Nelson to slot in behind Ish Smith, likely battling with Langston Galloway and Dwight Buycks for the leftover reserve minutes in the backcourt. Despite the change in scenery, Nelson still shouldn't be an overly attractive fantasy option considering his likely role.
Nelson will not be available Saturday against the Clippers, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Nelson came over as part of the Nikola Mirotic trade, and while the Bulls apparently intend to keep him around, he won't be available Saturday afternoon, as he's yet to complete a physical. Expect Nelson to perhaps make his Bulls debut Monday in Sacramento.
Updating a previous report, Nelson is expected to remain with the Bulls once the trade with the Pelicans is finalized, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
It was originally expected that the Bulls would cut Nelson following his acquisition, but it's now believed they'll keep him on the roster, at least for the time being. That's likely to provide some insurance at point guard while Kris Dunn continues to work back from a concussion, though once Dunn is back, there's obviously a chance Nelson is then let go. Look for Nelson to slot in behind Jerian Grant at point guard and while his exact workload is unclear at this point, it should become more apparent once he's cleared to make his team debut.
Nelson, along with Omer Asik, Tony Allen and a first-round pick, was traded to the Bulls on Thursday in exchange for Nikola Mirotic and will likely be waived, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Nelson was essentially a throw in as part of the Mirotic deal so the Pelicans would have open roster spots for free agent signings. So, while not official yet, Nelson will likely be on the open market shortly and be free to sign with whichever team he likes. With productive stints in both Denver and New Orleans, Nelson has proven he can still be a quality backup point guard in the NBA.
Nelson contributed 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-4 3Pt), eight assists, and two rebounds in 19 minutes during Tuesday's 114-103 loss to the Kings.
Nelson fell one assist shy of matching his season high while scoring in double figures for the first time since Nov. 17. He scored in double digits during four of his first 13 games with the Pelicans, but saw his minutes dip once Rajon Rondo returned to the lineup. On Tuesday Nelson saw one more minute than Rondo, who still starts at point guard but hasn't really been playing starters minutes most nights lately. After averaging 26.8, 25.2, and 20.2 minutes per game in October, November, and December, Nelson didn't see 20 minutes or more once in January.
Updating a previous report, Nelson (personal) is back with the Pelicans and will be available to play in Tuesday's matchup with the Celtics.
Nelson missed the Pelicans' last game with a personal matter and was expected to remain sidelined Tuesday, though he's surprisingly rejoined the team quicker than expected. He'll be available off the bench and should operate as the primary backup to starter Rajon Rondo at point guard, which means less minutes will be available for fellow guard Ian Clark.
Nelson (personal) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Celtics.
The details surrounding Nelson's personal matter aren't known, but he'll remain away from the Pelicans for a second straight game. His absence should leave Ian Clark in line to serve as the primary backup at point guard behind starter Rajon Rondo. In Sunday's 123-118 overtime victory over the Knicks, Clark logged 25 minutes and produced five points (2-5 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds and three assists.
Nelson has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Knicks due to a personal issue.
It's unclear if the personal matter will keep him sidelined for just one game or potentially a few more, but his next opportunity to take the court will be Tuesday against the Celtics. Tentatively consider him questionable for that contest and in the meantime, Ian Clark will likely step into a larger role off the bench as Rajon Rondo's backup at point guard.
Nelson posted five points (2-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt), seven assists, one rebound and two steals over 29 minutes Wednesday in a win over the Bucks.
After missing the past two games with an ankle injury, Nelson returned to the lineup and saw 29 minutes. The Pelicans turned to Nelson down the stretch instead of starting point guard Rajon Rondo. The fact that Nelson saw 29 minutes of action likely indicates that the ankle shouldn't be an issue as the season goes on.
Nelson (ankle) is expected to play in Wednesday's matchup with the Bucks, Will Guillory of the Times-Picayune reports.
Nelson missed the last two games with an ankle injury, but after going through his pregame routine Wednesday, the Pelicans are expecting to have him back. Look for a final determination to be made just before tipoff, but if all goes expected, he should slot back in behind Rajon Rondo at point guard. That likely means a few less minutes for Ian Clark in the backcourt.
Nelson (ankle) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Bucks.
Nelson is still recovering from an ankle injury he suffered Friday against the Kings and has missed the last two contests as a result. There's been no report of the point guard being able to return to practice in any capacity, so his return Wednesday seems unlikely, but the Pelicans should have another update following their morning shootaround.
Nelson (ankle) will not play Monday against the 76ers.
Nelson tweaked his ankle Friday against the Kings and was subsequently held out of Sunday's win over the 76ers. He'll remain out Monday as the Pels play on the second night of a back-to-back, meaning Ian Clark, who played 15 minutes Sunday, will again be in line for increased minutes off the bench.
Nelson (ankle) won't play Sunday against Philadelphia, Scott Kushner of The Baton Rouge Advocate reports.
Nelson was originally listed as doubtful to play for Sunday's game. The discomfort in his ankle must have bothered him during the team's morning shootaround, thus not allowing him to suit up. During his absence, Ian Clark will likely see a slightly increased role since he's next up on the depth chart.
Nelson is dealing with a left ankle injury and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Sixers.
It's unclear exactly when Nelson picked up the injury, as he played a full 30 minutes during Friday's game against the Kings. Either way, it's giving him enough discomfort where he'll likely sit out Sunday, though official confirmation on that absence may not come until after the team's morning shootaround. If Nelson sits out as expected, Ian Clark will likely pick up more minutes off the bench at point guard behind Rajon Rondo.
Nelson scored 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-4 3Pt) while adding nine assists and four rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench during Friday's 146-114 loss to the Nuggets.
The Pelicans' backcourt rotation has shifted around this week with Rajon Rondo finally healthy enough to join the mix, but Nelson's role as the court general for the second unit appears to be unaffected. The veteran point guard is still capable of the occasional useful game, but his overall fantasy contributions will likely remain inconsistent.
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