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.

For Nelson, coming to the Pistons meant a reunion with team president/coach Stan Van Gundy, for whom he had played a decade ago in his heyday with the Orlando Magic.

Almost assuredly, there was some level of familiarity that facilitated the trade, looking to bring some veteran stability at point guard, a position that has been in flux since Reggie Jackson’s injury on Dec. 26. One can imagine the talks that Van Gundy and Nelson had to try to bring some of that same magic — this time, in a backup role — from their Orlando days to Detroit.

“We didn’t even talk about it; there was no conversation. I didn’t know when I was going to play, or if I was going to play,” Nelson told The Detroit News last week. “No matter what, I’m going to have his back because of our past history. I’m not going to complain if I play 40 minutes; I’m not going to complain if I play zero.”

It’s been a bit more than zero.