Reggie Jackson didn’t make the playoffs with his team this year and definitely didn’t register a triple-double in an NBA Finals game, but he’s still going to make almost the same amount of money as Golden State’s Draymond Green. Jackson is set to make $80 million over five years with Detroit after being traded there in February by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The deal is believed to have no player option in it. Jackson is another player who took a gamble on his skills by turning down a four-year extension from the Thunder that could have been worth over $48 million. Jackson was in Orlando for Summer League games and got the deal done there over the course of 48 hours. Van Gundy and general manager Jeff Bower negotiated the deal with Jackson’s agent, Aaron Mintz of CAA. And it looks like Jackson is pretty excited to be sticking around in the Motor City where’s made some nice bonds with the Pistons’ young core.
In 27 games after the Oklahoma City Thunder traded him to Detroit in February, Jackson averaged 17.6 points, 9.2 assists and 4.7 rebounds. He’ll finally have a chance to prove he can be a starter and get out of Russell Westbrook’s shadow.