Detroit Pistons: Reggie Jackson hopes to land with the Clippers

As the NBA trade deadline expired, the Detroit Pistons were unable to find a trade partner for point guard Reggie Jackson.  It was expected he’d be bought out and free to sign with a playoff team; the organization made that a reality tonight.

It’s been confirmed by NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski that the two sides have indeed agreed on a buy-out settlement.  The Detroit Pistons were unexpected to re-sign Reggie Jackson this offseason as the organization continues their rebuild.

The Clippers and Lakers were both in the market for former Detroit Pistons forward Marcus Morris from the New York Knicks at the trade deadline.  It was the Clippers who were able to land his services, and now they are expected to add Reggie Jackson.  The Clippers are now the favorites to come out of the notably competitive Western Conference.

The Reggie Jackson era in Detroit is over.  Unfortunately, the relationship never worked out.  Jackson was a guy we could all get behind.  Remember when he was buried on a star-studded Oklahoma City Thunder backcourt, was photoed wearing a ‘Bad Boys’ hat, and mentioned he’d love to play in Detroit.  That’s certainly a way to win over a fan base.

Jackson, unfortunately, struggled to remain healthy, and that ultimately became his roadblock with the Pistons.  Over his last six seasons,’ he’s been limited to an average of 58 games played/season.

During that stretch, Jackson averaged 15.7 points, 3.1 boards, and 5.4 assists per game.  He also shot .346% from three and .426% from the field, averaging 28.6 minutes/night.

A lower back injury limited Jackson to just 14 games this season, but during that span, he’s averaged 14.9 points and 5.1 assists.  Jackson will need to clear waivers before he’s able to sign with the Clippers, it will be interesting to see if a team in the west attempts to block Jackson from joining L.A.  It’s unexpected, but it would certainly add some drama to the playoff race.

Jackson was in the final year of his five-year $80 million deal.  His cap number this season had been $18 million.

The moves leaves just Derrick Rose and Brandon Knight as the teams’ only true point guard options but expect two-way player Jordan Bone to have more of a role down the stretch.  Also Bruce Brown should see plenty of time once again at PG like he did when Jackson was injured.

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This also opens up a potential reunion with Tim Frazier who was released when the team made the two for one deal at the deadline moving Andre Drummond to Cleveland for John Henson and Knight.