Pistons Acquire Reggie Jackson

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Yahoo Sports has reported the Detroit Pistons have agreed to acquire guard Reggie Jackson from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a surprise deadline deal Thursday afternoon. As a part of a three-way trade, the Pistons will send Kyle Singler and D.J. Augustin to Oklahoma City.

The full exchange:

Detroit receives: PG Reggie Jackson

Utah receives: C Kendrick Perkins, PF Grant Jerrett, rights to C Tibor Pleiss, 2017 protected first-round pick (from Thunder), 2017 second-round pick (from Pistons)

Oklahoma City receives: SF Steve Novak, C Enes Kanter, PG D.J. Augustin, SF Kyle Singler, 2019 2nd Round Pick (from Pistons)

In a statement, Pistons head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy said:

“We’re pleased to welcome Reggie Jackson to the organization. Reggie is a young player with good size and length at the guard position. He’s been successful as a starter playing extended minutes and we feel he’s a good addition to our roster. We thank both D.J. Augustin and Kyle Singler for their contributions and wish them well moving forward.”

Jackson averaged 12.8 points, 4 rebounds, and 4.2 assists for the Thunder this year. Stuck playing behind superstar Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City, Jackson requested a trade that’d allow him to move into a starting position elsewhere. He will have that opportunity in Detroit. While filling in for an injured Westbrook earlier this season, Jackson averaged 22 points in 12 games.

Currently in the final year of his contract, Jackson is set to become a restricted free agent this summer.

To acquire Jackson, the Pistons had to part ways with D.J. Augustin, who had been filling in admirably for injured starting point guard Brandon Jennings. Augustin will now return to bench duty in Oklahoma City, where he’ll fill in the gaps behind Westbrook.

Singler, meanwhile, was a second round draft pick of the Pistons in 2011. Over his three years in Detroit (and one overseas), he’s developed into a spot-up 3-point specialist, connecting on over 40 percent of his looks from deep this season. The effects of his departure may be minimized by a separate trade this afternoon that returned Tayshaun Prince to Detroit.