The Detroit Pistons lost their starting point guard, Reggie Jackson, for the first part of the season. Should they look to the Dallas Mavericks for a possible solution?
The Detroit Pistons made their return to the postseason last year behind the leadership of Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson. With sights set on making a step up in the Eastern Conference, Detroit took a step backwards with the recent injury news of Jackson.
For the Pistons, this is huge for their young core missing Jackson for the first part of the season. As far as replacements go, Head Coach Stan Van Gundy mentions how they will keep an eye on some roster cuts over the league.
After handing Ish Smith a three-year deal over the offseason, it looks as if the journeyman point guard will be the starter heading into the season. But behind him, it gets pretty thin really quick.
This is where the Dallas Mavericks could come into play.
The Mavericks currently have Deron Williams as their starting point guard with J.J. Barea, Devin Harris, and Seth Curry under contract behind him. With having four point guards on the roster, there is a chance that Summer League standout, Jonathan Gibson, misses the final roster cut and is a free agent.
Of the potential free agent point guards cut, Gibson could be a cheap option to log backup minutes to Smith until Jackson is back healthy. He has proved that he can be a scoring, ‘spark plug’ type of guard off the bench in the D-League and could give Detroit quality minutes.
But what if Gibson, like many assume, makes the final roster? Is all eyes off the Mavericks?
I wouldn’t close the door on a potential backcourt trade at some point this season, mainly due to Seth Curry. If Seth Curry continues to take the next step in his career, would does that mean for the minutes of both Barea and Harris?
If Detroit came calling for a trade for one of the veteran guards, would the Mavs entertain it?
Van Gundy is being very open about being in the market, but at the same time, vocalizing that they won’t blow up a major part of their team for a quick fix.
Both Harris and Barea mean a lot to the organization and community so I don’t see a trade involving them at this moment, but come the trade deadline, I could have a very different stance. This will all be determined by Seth Curry. If Curry make his rise, expect the chatter to grow.
As far as Detroit goes, they should keep their eyes locked on Dallas for the possibility that Gibson doesn’t make the final roster.