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RUMOR: Pistons had no plans to re-sign Reggie Jackson in free agency

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The Detroit Pistons bought out Reggie Jackson on Tuesday. The team reportedly had no plans to re-sign him in free agency this summer, according to James L. Edwards III of The Athletic.

Jackson is in the final season of a five-year, $80 million deal, and Detroit had no plans on bringing him back, per sources. With only 25 games remaining in the regular season, the organization is interested in playing its younger crop of talents in order to evaluate and develop its future, sources said. Jackson was interested in playing as much as possible in order to earn a contract this offseason. It was a split that made sense for both parties.

Jackson appeared in 14 games this season for the Pistons. He averaged 14.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 5.1 assists while shooting 38.4 percent from the field, 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free-throw line.

The Pistons are embarking on a rebuild now that Andre Drummond and Jackson are gone. However, the Pistons still have veterans Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose on the roster, so they will try and be competitive next season.

Detroit is 19-38 on the season. They are in 12th place in the Eastern Conference standings and will likely miss the playoffs after making it in 2018-19.