Pistons already have free agent point guards in mind to fill void left by Reggie Jackson’s injury
After much uncertainty about the Detroit Pistons‘ future with Reggie Jackson sidelined with left knee tendinitis, coach Stan Van Gundy said his starting point guard is “going to be out for a while,” according to a report from the Detroit News’ Rod Beard.
The 26-year-old averaged 18.8 points and 6.2 assists for the Motor City last season while propelling the team to its first playoff appearance in seven years.
The team also has Ish Smith on the roster, who signed a three-year, $18 million deal this offseason, but will likely need another point guard to provide valuable minutes.
Veteran guards like Steve Blake — who played 58 games for the Pistons last season — and Mario Chalmers are reportedly potential options for Detroit to sign. Another player that could fill the void and is available is Kirk Hinrich.
Three-year guard Ray McCallum could see some minutes as well, but has had very limited experience in his time in the league to be a consistent contributor in Van Gundy’s system.
While it’s uncertain how long Jackson will be out (though early reports point to six to eight weeks), tendinitis issues tend to linger if not given enough time for it to heal, so it’s likely the Pistons will be aggressive in their pursuit of a point guard.