The Detroit Pistons and the Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly having trade talks involving guards Reggie Jackson and Ricky Rubio. However, Pistons president of basketball operation and head coach Stan Van Gundy broke his silence and denied that they’re going to swap Jackson for Rubio.
As the February trade deadline draws near, various rumors continue to circulate around the league. ESPN reported a potential multiplayer deal that would be headlined by Rubio and Jackson. The rumor seems legit as Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical revealed that the Timberwolves are actively shopping the Spanish guard.
As Woj notes, Minnesota eyes a “bridge guard”, who can be their tempory starting point guard until Kris Dunn is ready to be their long-time starter. Reggie Jackson has been impressive last season, averaging 18.8 points and 6.2 assists. However, after returning from injury, he failed to reciprocate the same performance and unable to help the Pistons contend this season.
The Timberwolves and the Pistons continue to disappoint this season and need to make a change on their roster. However, swapping Rubio and Jackson may do more harm than good. The Timberwolves will undeniably benefit on Jackson’s attacking mentality in the pick-and-roll. But their defense could suffer and Jackson’s presence would hinder the development of Dunn.
The Pistons will have a natural facilitator in acquiring Ricky Rubio, who is also a good defender and rebounder. However, Rubio couldn’t help much on the offensive end with his shooting and spacing issues. As of now, the Pistons rank 22nd in NBA’s offensive efficiency, scoring 103.3 points per 100 possessions.
Stan Van Gundy to Reggie Jackson: ‘We’re not trading you’
In the middle of the controversy, Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy finally broke his silence with the rumors surround Reggie Jackson. Van Gundy assured Jackson that they’re not trading him for Rubio.
“I texted Reggie and just said, ‘This is crazy season, and we’re not trading you for Ricky Rubio,'” Van Gundy told reporters Saturday.
However, Van Gundy admitted that a discussion took place between the Pistons and the Timberwolves. The 57-year-old coach also revealed that Jacksons’ agent called him to know the truth behind the rumor.
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