Van Gundy eager to get Jackson acclimated
Auburn Hills — The challenge for Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy is bringing point guard Reggie Jackson up to speed without dragging his teammates down. The Pistons were scheduled to be off Saturday but Van Gundy added a practice to bring Jackson up to speed on the team's offensive sets and defensive switches.
The problem is the Pistons had two hard practices leading up to Friday's 100-91 victory over the Chicago Bulls at The Palace.
They also host the Washington Wizards at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, which is expected to be Jackson's first game with the Pistons after he was obtained in a three-way deal from Oklahoma City.
"We can't be running guys ragged," Van Gundy said. "We have to find a way to teach him while getting other guys comfortable. We will get that accomplished."
Jackson said he loves his new team and loves the Van Gundy system but he did not commit to staying here long term.
"They are good guys, a young core and I just want to focus on this season," Jackson said. "They are in a playoff race. There are no guarantees but we are going to try to make it happen. We will sit down in the summer and talk. I want to sit down and talk to Stan about building something special."
Jackson continued about his new team.
"They have a great group of guys. They want to compete and do the best of their abilities," he said. "They all want to be successful. We have to jell, get communicating and everybody just needs to be aggressive. I am happy to be part of this and I want to make something special."
Nearly 10 percent of the NBA was traded in a wild and crazy trade deadline Thursday.
Four starting point guards and five backups were moved. Four Pistons were traded along with three former Pistons. Kevin Garnett and Prince returned to their old teams and even a set of brothers was traded.
In total, 39 players were dealt, a one-day NBA record.
"What really struck me was the number of point guards moved," Van Gundy said. "There were point guards moving everywhere, which, No. 1, is the value people put on that position in the league and acquiring the right guy. I was shocked by all the stuff I saw going on."
What type of team will the Pistons become? Forward Caron Butler isn't certain but he loves the addition of Reggie Jackson without tearing too much into the core of the team
"It is going to be a process and you have to wait and see what happens," Butler said. "We got a real good ballclub. Now we have to go out there on the fly and win games."
... One goal for Van Gundy was to remake the Pistons without giving up a first-round draft pick. The Pistons did trade away two second-round picks — one for 2017 and another in 2019.
... Backup point guard John Lucas III's second 10-day contract expires Sunday night, but he is expected to be signed for the rest of the season. The Pistons gave rookie Spencer Dinwiddie his first career start Friday night against the Bulls, but Lucas was expected to see plenty of time off the bench. Since joining the Pistons he has outplayed Dinwiddie.