As February deadline approaches, Detroit Pistons head coach and president Stan Van Gundy is expected to be active on the trade market. The latest rumors claimed that the Pistons plan to move Reggie Jackson for the “right price”.
In 2015, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Reggie Jackson to the Pistons in a three-team deal involving the Utah Jazz. His first two seasons with the Thunder was a disaster as only received limited playing time behind Russell Westbrook. He managed to impress in his first game with the Pistons, resulting from them to re-sign him in the 2015 NBA free agency.
Last season, Jackson and Andre Drummond stepped up to end the Pistons’ six-year playoff drought. Though they were easily eliminated by the Cleveland Cavaliers, some people believed that the Pistons could be an immediate contender. Unfortunately, the predictions went wrong as the Pistons continue to struggle in the 2016-17 NBA season.
STAN VAN GUNDY DISAPPOINTED WITH JACKSON’S RECENT PERFORMANCE
Reggie Jackson missed 21 games due to knee tendinitis. Since his return, the Pistons are 3-6 and noticeably struggling when he’s on the court. In their blowout loss to the Chicago Bulls, Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy expressed his disappointment in his team’s dismal performance.
“It was a disgusting performance,” Van Gundy said. “By all of us, me included. It was unprofessional, embarrassing, humiliating, whatever you want to say. It was terrible.”
Van Gundy blamed their recent struggle with Jackson’s poor decision making. Some of his teammates also noticed their lack of ball movement.
PISTONS TRADING REGGIE JACKSON FOR THE RIGHT PRICE
According to Larry Berger of USA Today Sports, three guards are reportedly available via trade. These include John Wall of the Washington Wizards, and Stanley Johnson and Reggie Jackson of the Detroit Pistons.
Hearing 3 impact guys available – Wash exploring moving John Wall, Det. willing to entertain offers for Reggie Jackson and Stanley Johnson.
— Larry Berger (@LBerger71) December 16, 2016
The statistics show that the Pistons are better off without Jackson on the floor. Per NBA.com, the Pistons are outscored by 3.4 points per 100 possessions when Jackson is on the floor. Meanwhile, The Pistons are only 0.2 points worse per 100 possessions when Ish Smith is on the floor.
Pistons head coach and president Stan Van Gundy is known to be very active during trade season. However, as Berger said, the Pistons are only dealing their star guard if the right offer comes along.
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