Reggie Jackson, the starting point guard for the Detroit Pistons, will be out for six to eight weeks, according to reports. NBA rumors now have it that the Pistons will aggressively find another starting quality PG either in the trade market or free agency.
Marc Stein of ESPN confirmed both the injury, which will be for an “extended period” and the Pistons’ interest of looking for another PG in the market.
Today's hot rumble: Hearing Detroit, fearing Reggie Jackson may miss extended time to start the season, will explore the point guard market.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) October 5, 2016
Before the Jackson injury, the Pistons were considered one of the rising teams in the Eastern Conference. It’s not clear if Detroit can still live up to the hype as one of the playoff teams in the conference without their starting point guard.
If the Pistons don’t make a move before the season, they’d be going with Ish Smith at the point guard spot. Smith was signed this offseason to serve as a backup to Jackson.
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Here are 3 trades for the Pistons where they can acquire a temporary Reggie Jackson replacement at the point guard spot until he comes back by December. When Jackson returns by December they also have a deeper guard rotation.
Michael Carter-Williams (Milwaukee Bucks) for Reggie Bullock – Bullock is a good three-point shooter and the Bucks want added shooting after losing Khris Middleton to injury.
Zach LaVine (Minnesota Timberwolves) for Stanley Johnson – The Wolves are loaded at point guard and Johnson can be a good back-up for star Andrew Wiggins. LaVine starts at PG in Detroit and can also play SG when Jackson returns from injury.
Cory Joseph (Toronto Raptors) for Aron Baynes – Baynes is now dispensable in Detroit after they acquired Boban Marjanovic this offseason. Baynes will improve Toronto’s big man rotation and he can play both forward and center for the Raptors.
Can Detroit survive without Reggie Jackson in the first two months of the new NBA season? Which point guard should they try to acquire and which NBA rumors makes sense for the Pistons?
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