Does Josh Jackson have trade value? 3 possible trades for the Pistons

Detroit Pistons guard Josh Jackson (20) dribbles on Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Detroit Pistons guard Josh Jackson (20) dribbles on Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) shoots over Detroit Pistons guard Josh Jackson Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /

With the recent play of Hamidou Diallo, Josh Jackson is the odd man out of the Detroit Pistons’ rotation.

Jackson’s numbers are pretty much the worst of his career, as he is averaging just 7.3 points per game on his normal terrible shooting.

Since his contract is up after this season, it’s likely that he’ll be one of the Pistons who do not finish the season in Detroit.

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The question is whether anyone would even want him, as Jackson still has all of the same problems that have plagued him for his entire career since being drafted 4th overall by the Suns.

Jackson is still just 24-years-old, so there is a chance he could find another level, and he is a pretty good defender who might have value on the right team.

The Detroit Pistons are not that team, as their shooting is terrible and they have enough players that fit Jackson’s mold of long defenders who can’t shoot.

For the Pistons to recoup anything in a trade, they are probably going to have to take a risk on someone else’s problem or a similar player that has not lived up to expectations.

Here are three trades the Pistons might be able to make for Josh Jackson.

Pistons trade Josh Jackson to Dallas

I have mentioned Dallas as a possible future trade partner and they are a team that could use some depth on the wing, as Tim Hardaway Jr. and Reggie Bullock have not played up to expectations.

Dallas could use Jackson’s defense and he would probably find a place in their rotation. The Mavericks also have a couple of guys who aren’t playing that might interest the Pistons.

In this trade, the Mavericks get some wing depth and defense in exchange for two guys who are not in their rotation.

Trey Burke is pretty much just salary filler and his salary for next season would be the tax the Pistons pay to take a flyer on Moses Brown, a young big with upside.

The Pistons could use an upgrade at backup center and Brown showed some potential last season for OKC. He can grab rebounds, block shots and run the floor, which is something the Pistons lack in a backup big right now.

His salary is only partially guaranteed for next season and then he has a team option, so he’d really be no risk. The Pistons could waive McGruder to clear a spot and allow Burke to get some minutes in front of Michigan-friendly fans.