Evaluating if the Detroit Pistons should re-sign Reggie Jackson

Detroit Pistons Reggie Jackson. (Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Why they should not re-sign Jackson

There are compelling reasons to take a flyer on Jackson next season, but there are plenty of reasons the Pistons should just walk away.

If the

definition of insanity 

is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, then the Pistons would be insane to re-sign Jackson. Jackson’s health has submarined Detroit’s season in all but two years he’s been with the team. Continuing to go into a season counting on production from Jackson is the height of stupidity, regardless of what he shows in the remainder of this season. It’s time to move on from the Jackson era for the benefit of both Jackson and the team.

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  • The Pistons can likely get similar production from a younger, cheaper player. Unless Jackson is willing to take a one-year deal in the $7 million range, then Detroit would be better off taking a risk on a younger player like Jordan Bone. Bone has been dominant in the G League and Detroit may decide that it is time for an all-out youth movement as they slowly start to build around Sekou Doumbouya.
  • Because there are so few free agent options, some team might offer Jackson more than Detroit. The Pistons do not want to be anywhere near a bidding war for Jackson if such a thing were to occur.

    It’s time for a change in leadership. The Pistons have not won a playoff game in Jackson’s tenure. This is not all his fault of course, but point guard should be a position of leadership on the team and it is hard to lead from the bench. Detroit needs some new voices in the locker room and needs to get more consistent production from the point guard position.

    The Pistons have an interesting decision to make that is more difficult than some fans might think. It may well be time to part ways with Jackson, but the choice is not cut and dry. Jackson has been controversial since he came to Detroit and his free agency will provide more of the same.

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