Reggie Jackson hasn’t played as well as the Detroit Pistons would like, and it’s been reported that the Orlando Magic have some interest in him.
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
In a later tweet, Stein noted how colleague Zach Lowe reported that Detroit went out and gauged the market value of Jackson, along with franchise cornerstone Andre Drummond. The Pistons weren’t thrilled with what they got back, and it wouldn’t be a great idea for Detroit to part with either of their young studs.
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Injuries have hampered Jackson and are limiting his return to the 18-point, six-assist playmaker that took the Motor City by storm last season. Thus far, through 36 games, Jackson’s dropped to 15.2 points and 5.6 assists, but he’s been a trainwreck on defense because his knee injury sapped some of his explosiveness.
Orlando is likely to attempt a rebuild in the coming seasons, and dumping Green, 30, and Augustin, 29, for the 26-year-old Boston College product would be a step in the right direction. Neither has contributed much to the Magic’s efforts, and Green is having the worst season of his career. He’s averaging 9.4 points a night but is shooting at a dreadful 38.8 percent clip for a team who strapped for any sort of offense.
Augustin hasn’t been much better, but 8.4 points per game isn’t a bad number compared to what he’s done in the past, but he’s also shooting at less than 40 percent from the field, and neither are great defenders.
This deal would help the Magic much more than it would Detroit, but neither Stein nor Lowe knows if any deal would actually come to fruition. If it did, another piece would need to be added because the ever-reliable ESPN Trade Machine said so:
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