Reggie Jackson RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:207 lbs. / 94.3 kg.
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:207 lbs. / 94.3 kg.
Van Gundy has made it clear he wants Jackson to return and Jackson has stated publicly he expects to be back so the first item on the Pistons agenda seem likely to get done. Van Gundy said Jackson will be the first person he calls when free agency starts. “He’s priority No. 1, even above small forward,” Van Gundy said. “Priority No. 1. Reggie is priority No. 1. There’s nothing more important to our summer than getting that situation resolved.”: 1 more rumor
Eric Pincus: The Detroit Pistons have tendered a qualifying offer to Reggie Jackson – officially making him a restricted free agent @BBallInsiders: 1 more rumor
If Emmanuel Mudiay falls to the Pistons at No. 8, they might be inclined to take him and let Reggie Jackson walk as a free agent. “They’re not 100 percent sold on Reggie,” a league source said. Detroit also likes Justise Winslow and Mario Hezonja at that spot, sources said, though Hezonja isn’t expected to get past the Magic at No. 5.
Detroit may be looking to move guard Brandon Jennings because the organization traded for fellow guard Reggie Jackson last season. Jackson will be a restricted free agent this summer. Jennings is entering the final year of his contract and will make $8.3 million next season. In a Jennings-for-Hardaway Jr. swap, the Knicks would likely have to use their trade exception and adjust their outgoing assets to make the deal work.
At the trade deadline, Boston was linked to impending free agents Reggie Jackson and Enes Kanter. But the Celtics are said to be lukewarm about both young talents. They are not totally sold on Jackson’s worth, and he would not be the best fit on a roster that already includes Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas. As for Kanter, the Celtics are not convinced he would qualify as a major improvement over their young big men, including Tyler Zeller, Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk. There is also a fear that Kanter – who clearly had no love for the Utah Jazz – has an inflated sense of self-worth that detracts from his ability to fit into a team concept.
Greg Monroe and Reggie Jackson are the team’s two most prominent free agents, and Stan Van Gundy, who has the title of president in addition to the one he holds as head coach, says he’d like to see both of them return next season — if the price is right. “We want Greg back, we want Reggie back,” Van Gundy said during his customary pregame availability session. “Again, they all have decisions to make in the whole thing. Our decision process will obviously be what to offer and all of that, but we want those guys back. And then we’ve got to talk about all of our other guys, too.”
The Knicks will make their pass at Marc Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge, and likely at Rajon Rondo and/or Goran Dragic, too, but expect them to be aggressive in pursuing as many young free agents as possible. Jackson does not want to build a team around players in their early 30s. That means Reggie Jackson, Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight will factor prominently on the Knicks’ radar as the team looks to avoid its long-standing habit of indulging in short-term fixes that set the franchise back in the long term.
But Westbrook can also be unnecessarily harsh on reporters. One night, a game ran late. Darnell Mayberry, the Oklahoman’s senior Thunder reporter, was up against deadline. He brought his laptop into the locker room to move quotes directly from the players’ lips to his copy. Mayberry sat in a chair in front of an empty locker. Westbrook saw him and told him the chairs were for players only. Mayberry got up. But then a funny thing happened. Backup point guard Reggie Jackson took his chair, wheeled it across the locker room, and offered it to Mayberry. Remember that when you wonder why Jackson now plays for the Pistons.
The Reggie Jackson situation is a tough one to read. Since Greg Monroe went down to knee injury, Jackson has been on fire, logging double-double type numbers. The problem is the Pistons have regressed a lot since acquiring Jackson, making his future in Detroit murky at best. Sources close to the process say the team is still very committed to keeping Jackson long-term and does plan on making a sizable free agent offer.
On top of that, throw in Jackson’s emotional nature. Remember how he hyperventilated in his Pistons debut? Remember how he admitted sobbing for joy when news of the trade reached him? He’s dealt with the pressure of performing in huge playoff games, but this is different – proving himself to near strangers in a situation largely of his own creation. Behind the scenes, his teammates, coaches and the support staff see a player who so badly wants to shrink the acclimation process, be one of the guys and please everyone. “You don’t know what a guy is going through and what’s in his mind,” Van Gundy said. “There’s a lot going on in a new situation – new teammates to learn, new system to learn. And then all the other stuff, the emotions of the situation and wanting to prove yourself as a starter and the whole thing. There’s just a ton of stuff going on.”
Reggie Jackson: “I think I’ve been overthinking myself at times. Just continue to (know) my teammates are all great shooters. You’ve got to move on to the next shot. I don’t care if they’ve missed 20 in a row, I’m going to keep coming back to them once they’re open. They’ve been telling me they know they’ve missed some shots, but when guys start to stay home on them, just continue to attack and find pull-ups, find ways to attack.”
Vincent Ellis: SVG defended Jackson today, saying he’s done what’s asked of him. I think he’s too ball dominant. Jennings had stopped going pat, pat, pat.
Reggie Jackson still whistles as he passes the graveyard of NBA hopes for this season. Some might argue his Detroit Pistons already have taken up residency there, even if he isn’t buying. “We don’t think we’re out of the running,” the Pistons point guard said. “We’d like to be a team of destiny and we think we’ve still got a chance to make something special happen. A lot of teams that are ahead of us, we’re going to play again, maybe once, maybe twice. So we can really do something. We’ve just got to go ahead and turn the season around now. We can’t be giving games away.”
If Jackson signs a long-term deal, the Pistons would obviously have one starting job for two players. It’s possible they could play them together with one being the off guard but that’s not a topic Jackson wanted to address. “That’s not for me to determine,” Jackson said. “That’s coach. I don’t do his job. Brandon is a great talent. I’m not sure what’s going to happen in the future. He’s been running his own team for years in this league. He’s proven he can do so. “He’s one of the better scoring point guards in the league, also he can facilitate. We hope that he gets healthy and comes back to being the Brandon Jennings everybody knows. Just wishing him the best. I don’t make calls in the front office.”
They knew interest league-wide in Jackson was high, with Brooklyn on the verge of sending Brook Lopez to Oklahoma City and Indiana reportedly making an aggressive pitch, among several other inquiring teams. The bidding had the potential to get out of hand and Van Gundy was prepared to back away if that was the case. “We were aware of (other teams involved), but it didn’t matter to us. We knew what our interest was in him. That’s what mattered. And we knew what the parameters of a deal would be. As much as we liked him, we weren’t going to give up a first-round pick – that was our sticking point. As much as we liked him, we wouldn’t have done that. That was the initial price. If somebody else had been willing to do that, maybe we wouldn’t have gotten him. But we knew we wanted him and we knew what the parameters were.”
He stops short of saying it was a no-brainer, but it ultimately was a deal he felt the Pistons would be foolish to pass on – even at the risk of disrupting the chemistry of a team that had survived a nightmarish 5-23 start and a season-ending injury to the man who helped spark the turnaround, Brandon Jennings. “We really liked (D.J. Augustin and Kyle Singler, traded for Jackson), so it wasn’t an easy call. But you just don’t get very many opportunities to acquire a really talented young player – you just don’t,” Van Gundy said after Thursday’s practice at the Toyota Center. “And if you wait until the summer, then it’s you against everybody else in a bidding war and his team’s got a chance to match (an offer sheet for Jackson, who will be a restricted free agent July 1).”
Jackson has to figure out if he wants to re-sign with Detroit, which will have injured point guard Brandon Jennings returning. Van Gundy has said the intent is Jackson will be with the Pistons to stay and Jennings, who has one year left on his pact, would have to deal with it. Jackson said he’s hoping it works out. “It’s a great, talented young corps,’’ he said. “We got a bunch of pieces around us that are versatile. It looks like the organization is moving in the right direction and I’m trying to be part of it.’’
The Pistons have another person of interest now on the roster, with Reggie Jackson their new starting point guard after a trade from the Thunder. Jackson lurked near Fisher, waiting for him to finish his pre-game press conference. Afterward, the former Oklahoma City teammates hugged and chatted for several minutes. Jackson will be a restricted free agent this July. “I learned a lot from [Fisher],’’ said Jackson, who had 16 points on Friday despite shooting 5-for-24 from the field. “Three years playing together, definitely cherish and value those minutes. He was coaching us on the floor.’’
If Reggie Jackson succeeds with the Pistons, he may have found his long-term home at last Thursday’s trade deadline. But if Jackson is not thrilled with potentially sharing the backcourt with injured point guard Brandon Jennings next season, his mentor, Derek Fisher, could be waiting with open arms in July in the Big Apple.
The Knicks, who face the Pistons Friday night, made an attempt for Jackson at the deadline, but their lack of future assets hurt their chances. Ironically, the Thunder liked Iman Shumpert and tried to get him at the February 2014 deadline.
Vincent Ellis: Some tidbits: #Pistons reluctant to trade Singler. Impending RFA played a factor – although Jackson talent main factor. If Singler were a rookie or in second season … get the sense #Pistons might have just worried about it in off-season. #Pistons
And then, the tears started again, and Reggie Jackson apologized and hoped you understood why he had been moved to such emotion. This is important to him, his life’s work, and he’s beyond grateful to Van Gundy for the belief in his character, his talents, his tomorrow. “It wasn’t easy this year, to go to bed at night and think about how you’re considered the problem and each and every day, people testing your character. …I couldn’t walk last year, couldn’t go to sleep without taking pills for my back and I gave them everything I had there. “And then, to have people tarnish your name … it just means so much to have someone finally believe in you. I’m Stan’s point guard now, and I want that responsibility. He can cuss me out in the film room, do whatever he needs to do for this team and me, because at least now I have control on the court. That’s all I ever wanted.”
“You’re my point guard,” the president and coach of the Pistons said, and soon they hung up, and Reggie Jackson crumpled and started to sob. He couldn’t stop. He cried and cried and cried. And, now, 24 hours later, Jackson was on the phone with a reporter, and it was happening again. Reggie Jackson was crying again, because life seldom connects such angst and triumph in such a compressed period of time. One day, he’s under siege in Oklahoma City. And the next, he was suddenly embraced in Auburn Hills. This had been so much to process, so fast, and Jackson was still coming to grips with it all Friday afternoon.