Sources: Pistons and Pelicans have discussed a potential trade of Reggie Jackson for E'Twaun Moore and Alexis Ajinca. Full story coming soon
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 11, 2017
After a disappointing season, the Pistons have had to make some changes including trading Marcus Morris to the Boston Celtics for Avery Bradley. This move would act as a cash dump for the Pistons as they currently owe Jackson $51 million over the next three seasons.
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) July 7, 2017
Over the course of last season, Moore averaged 9.6 points while playing 24 minutes per game in a Pelicans jersey. His teammate Alexis Ajinca averaged 5.3 points in only 15 minutes per game for the Pelicans. On the other end of the deal, Jackson averaged 14.5 points in 27.4 minutes as a Piston this year. After the Pelicans had pursued guard Nick Young and had lost him to the reigning champions Golden State Warriors, this was the last man that they thought would find his way to the Pelicans.
This move is likely to help both clubs as the Pistons need more money to compensate for incoming Avery Bradley, and the Pelicans could use a ball dominant point guard with potential to be a good shooter. After Avery Bradley’s contract, the Pistons money problems don’t end, with Andre Drummond locked in with a max contract and forwards Jon Leuer along with Tobias Harris someone is bound to be cut for money.
Many can remember when Russell Westbrook tore his meniscus in an altercation with Patrick Beverly in 2013. Jackson was forced to step up and finish the playoffs in his place, which included clinching a series against the Rockets in the first round and a small victory against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Since a three-way-trade brought him to Detroit, Jackson signed a five year, $80 million contract, which was controversial with other NBA players, like John Wall, stepping in and sounding off their opinions on the contract. However, through the years, he has silenced the critics and put up nearly identical numbers over the various seasons. Overall, if this trade does go down, then Jackson will be in a new city playing for a new team, and this time in the Big Easy.