Reggie Jackson’s name has flown around in trade rumors even though the Detroit Pistons (27-30) are currently the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. With the trade deadline only 5 days away, talks are heating up regarding the point guard, and this time the team looking to trade for him is the Orlando Magic.
The Pistons and Magic have discussed a trade that would send Reggie Jackson to Orlando for D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green, league sources say.
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 17, 2017
Reportedly, the trade also involved Orlando sending D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green to Detroit. Green is averaging 9.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while Augustin is averaging 8.4 points, 3 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game. Jackson’s 15.2 points, 5.6 assists and 2.3 rebounds would easily be able to replace this, making this move a smart one for Orlando.
Ever since the Victor Oladipo trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder in June, Orlando has struggled to win a deal, but this could finally be their time. When Detroit first traded for Jackson, he immediately resurrected their franchise, something he would be able to do again with the Magic.
Along with Augustin, C.J. Watson and Elfrid Payton are the other point guards for Orlando, leaving them without a dominant presence outside of the paint. Adding a veteran leader like Jackson to the backcourt would finally give Orlando the star they have been looking for to turn the franchise around.
Pistons also testing market for Reggie Jackson, via ESPN.
The Wolves, Magic and Pelicans are all potential trade partners.
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) February 15, 2017
For Detroit, this deal could be the beginning to them shopping most of the team to other franchises around the NBA. Rather than being stuck as a team that can only make it to the playoff but never make it farther than the first round, the Pistons may be deciding it’s time to rebuild.
Detroit knows they have no chance of making it past the first round if they remain at the 8th seed because they would have to play the Cleveland Cavaliers, so they must be tanking for positioning in the draft lottery. They could still make the playoffs in the East, but at least some trades would help them stock up for the future.
A trade involving these players may not be the final move, but expect a trade similar to this one to be completed very soon. Detroit is ready to build for the future and Orlando is looking to make some significant changes at the deadline. Something like this would be great for both sides.