Detroit Pistons: Will Josh Jackson be traded at the deadline?

Josh Jackson #20 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Why the Detroit Pistons should not trade Josh Jackson before the deadline

There are a lot of good reasons not to trade Josh Jackson and the first is that the Pistons aren’t in a rush. His value is not likely to be any lower in the offseason or at next year’s trade deadline, the Pistons aren’t going anywhere anyway, so there is really no rush to trade Jackson.

Also, he is on a team-friendly deal that pays him $4.7 million this season and just over $5 million next season.

He has been a relatively productive player for the Pistons, so getting equal value for a guy making so little will be difficult. The Pistons would likely have to take back a project player on a rookie deal for Jackson, in which case it probably isn’t worth it unless there was a first-round pick attached, which is unlikely at this point.

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If the Detroit Pistons are going to take a risk on a project, it might as well just be Jackson, as he has shown he can play, has some of the attributes they seek and could still have a breakout season in the future.

The final reason is that the Pistons would probably like to see Diallo and Jackson play together, as they could fit as a defensive second unit that brings energy and runs the floor.

Jackson and Diallo are the types of players who can cause defensive chaos and turn a game around, so the Pistons might like he idea of the two of them playing together so that they have two athletic and switchable wings coming off the bench.

But there are also some pretty good reasons to trade Jackson now.