While there have been quibbles and debates here and there on certain deals reached this summer (hi, Omer Asik!), none of have been deemed full catastrophes…until now:
Restricted free agent guard Reggie Jackson has agreed to a five-year, $80M extension with the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 6, 2015
O…K. This contract is yet another bit of evidence against giving a head coach say over personnel, as Stan Van Gundy continues to post a mixed record running the Pistons. Many deals can’t be compared as restricted and unrestricted free agents are apples and oranges due to leverage and the age of the player, but it’s crazy to think Jackson got almost as much money as Draymond Green.
What a whirlwind year for Jackson, emerging for Oklahoma City, then losing the trust of his teammates when they felt he was playing selfishly, which led to him getting dealt to Detroit. One way to look at this contract is to think where Jackson falls in the hierarchy of point guards. Though he’s just 25 and posted over 17 points and nine assists after the trade, Jackson would seem to be on the bottom half of starting floor generals, with Van Gundy gambling on that changing while he plays alongside Brandon Jennings.