Pistons, Magic Have Discussed Reggie Jackson Deal

The Magic sent Serge Ibaka to Toronto in a trade earlier this week, and GM Rob Hennigan may not be done dealing yet. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein (via Twitter), Orlando and Detroit have discussed a swap that would send Reggie Jackson to the Magic in exchange for D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green.

Today’s report comes just two days after ESPN’s Zach Lowe wrote that the Pistons had explored the trade market for Jackson and had come away disappointed with what teams were willing to give up for the veteran point guard. However, even though Lowe suggested Jackson’s trade value had “cratered,” the ESPN analyst didn’t rule out a possible deal, noting that Orlando would be an intriguing fit because Hennigan was in Oklahoma City’s front office when the Thunder drafted Jackson.

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Lowe’s piece also featured quotes from Stan Van Gundy and Andre Drummond on the Pistons’ struggles to adjust to Jackson’s return to the lineup this season after establishing some early-season chemistry with Ish Smith at the point.

As Stein himself notes (via Twitter), there’s no indication yet that these talks will turn into anything serious, but it would be an interesting move for two sub-.500 teams who had hopes of contending this season.

Both Jackson and Augustin are under team control through the 2019/20 season, but Augustin’s salary ($7.25MM annually) is much more affordable than Jackson’s ($17MM+ per year after this season). Green, meanwhile, is on a $15MM expiring deal, so a deal centered around those three players would create some future flexibility for the Pistons and would give the Magic a long-term answer at point guard, perhaps opening up the door for an Elfrid Payton trade.

It’s worth noting that if the Pistons were to trade Jackson, they could take back up to about $20MM in salary (the value of Jackson’s salary, plus $5MM). Green and Augustin make a combined $22.25MM, so at least one more piece would need to be involved in this hypothetical transaction.

While the Pistons and Magic may not ultimately agree to a deal with one another, both teams figure to continue scouring the market before next Thursday’s trade deadline.

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12 thoughts on “Pistons, Magic Have Discussed Reggie Jackson Deal

  1. Make this trade now Stan !

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  2. daniel pattison

    If the pistons could get green and payton i like it for both teams

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    • Rooster24

      Green and Augustine is what the trade would be for

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  3. GuruGray

    Seems about right. If I’m the Pistons I’m eager to salary dump Jackson to create room to resign KCP

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    • MiggyCabby24

      KCP is too inconsistent. He should be better after 4 seasons. Hope they don’t sign him to a max deal, he hasn’t really earned it. He’s a decent defender, but not a great shooter, neither are any other Pistons.

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  4. Hope it happens.

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  5. MiggyCabby24

    Horrible trade for Detroit. What do they need with Green, with Harris, Morris, Johnson and Leuer , already manning the 3 and 4 spots? And DJ was traded for Reggie 2 years ago. Pistons are acting like they are desperate. I know Reggie hasn’t had the same year as last, due to injuries.

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  6. KCelts

    I actually wouldn’t get this for either side honestly.

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  7. JPitt

    I’ll do the trade!! SVG want his point guard to push the ball!! D.J. already know SVG system!!
    Starter: D.J., KCP, M.Morris,J. Leur, Drummond
    Bench: Smith, S.J, T.Harris, J.Green, N.V
    Trade: DET: Reggie Jackson, A.Bayne and D. Hillard
    Magic: D.J., J.Green, and N.V

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    • theeterps

      Vucevic? You’ve lost your mind

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  8. JIM O.

    how about this deal 1) det trades r.jackson and j.luer to ind. for Teague and a. Jefferson others pieces to offset salary 2) or Jackson and luer to sac for d.collison and w.cauley-stein

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    • Leuer fits almost perfectly next to Drummond, why trade him? I know his 3P shooting percentage is down, but you need to place a stretch 4 next to Drummond so he has more room to work. Jefferson and Cauley Stein do nothing for the Pistons outside of further adding centers who can’t space the floor (along with current centers, Drummond, Baynes, and Boban).

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