Detroit Pistons: Pros and cons of trading Josh Jackson this offseason

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Jan 16, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Josh Jackson (Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Pistons: Should the Pistons sell high on Josh Jackson?

Pro: Trading Jackson now after his best season as a professional, while he is still on a low-cost contract, may be the best way for the Pistons to get maximum value.

Jackson had some big games for Detroit and given that he is only making $5 million next season, some team might cough up a fair package to acquire him knowing that they will get a full season at that cost.

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If the Pistons wait until the trade deadline, the other team won’t give up as much as they’d only be getting a half season of Jackson.

Con: Are we sure this would be “selling high” on Jackson? Yes, he did have a bounce-back season, but he still has some huge flaws, including being one of the worst volume 3-point shooters in the league and being a turnover machine.

Jackson is stil only 24, so with another full offseason might be able to improve in these two areas, and if he does, his value will be much higher at the deadline next season. If Jackson can prove to be a reliable 3-point shooter, he is going to get paid, as he is already a good defender.

Waiting to trade him would be a small risk, but it could pay off big time if Jackson improves and looks like a guy who could help a playoff contender at next year’s deadline.