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Central Notes: Jackson, Monroe, Miles

When the Pistons inked Reggie Jackson to five-year, $80MM deal back in 2015, quite a few heads around the league turned, believing that Detroit overpaid for the guard. But with the spike in the salary cap, Jackson’s deal is viewed far more favorably, resulting in quite a few trade inquiries for the guard, Keith Langlois of NBA.com notes. “It seems like a lot of people – I don’t mean teams – but a lot of people who do the analysis of all these moves are a year behind in terms of their vision and the way they analyze moves,” coach/executive Stan Van Gundy said. “We got killed for signing Reggie for too much money and then we were hit with virtually every team in the league wanting to trade for him because he’s locked in at what now is a very, very good salary.”

He’s a guy with a great, great contract and those guys are all looking,” Van Gundy continued. “And then people think you’ll panic a little bit when a guy has an injury. He’s a very good player on a good contract and when we signed it there were a whole lot of people criticizing it. It’s people who look at things differently and in the moment and hadn’t adjusted to what’s going on. There’s been interest in him and there’s always interest in good players. There’s interest in Andre Drummond, obviously, and interest in Reggie. People are always just seeing what you’re thinking and seeing if you’ll move on any of those guys and what it would take. And Reggie’s a guy that drew really, really good interest.”

Here’s more from the Central Division:

  • The Bucks are preparing for the possibility that Greg Monroe is going to exercise his player option for the 2017/18 campaign, league sources tell Zach Lowe of ESPN.com. The big man has a tough call to make, with him being set to earn $17,884,176 next season, which is the final one of his current deal. With the cap set to jump to over $100MM next summer, the opportunity to chase a long-term deal may be appealing, but Monroe is also a more traditional big man in a league that is moving away from that model. A strong campaign would likely decrease the chances of him opting in, though that is merely my speculation.
  • C.J. Miles‘ knee injury won’t require surgery, but the Pacers aren’t sure when the swingman will be cleared to return to action, Nate Taylor of The Indianapolis Star notes. Miles said he felt he would need at least two full practices without any pain to feel confident about his knee for the season opener, Taylor adds. “I’m definitely not going to get in a game without a chance be in practice,” Miles said. “I wouldn’t want to even do that if I was going to be a detriment to the team. That would be selfish on my part.
  • Van Gundy noted that the Pistons are hoping to sign both Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Reggie Bullock to extensions prior to this season’s deadline, James Hawkins of The Detroit News relays. “We definitely have a desire to get something done with both of them,” Van Gundy said. “I think both agents are clear on that from our side. It’s a matter of two things — a matter of what they want to do and a matter of, obviously, money. So that’s where the negotiations are but I think both their agents are very clear that we would prefer to get something done and that we like those guys and would like to extend them.

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