NBA rumors have Brandon Jennings out when the regular season begins. These NBA rumors hurt fantasy basketball owners, but have been called a “positive” for the Detroit Pistons by one source. A report from CBS Sports states that it “might be good” for Jennings to miss a number of games, because it allows Reggie Jackson to really take over the reins of the team. Jackson was signed to a multi-year extension in the NBA offseason, relegating Jennings to the bench when he returns.
The Pistons acquired Jackson as part of a three-team trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz. He immediately had a huge impact on the team, not only leading the Pistons down the stretch, but looking like an All-Star in the process. It led the front office to give him a huge contract extension that made him the highest paid player on the current roster. He will make less than Josh Smith in the 2015-16 NBA season, but that’s something Pistons fans don’t want to talk about right now.
If Brandon Jennings is out until the end of December, as these NBA rumors seem to indicate, he might be a player to avoid in fantasy basketball drafts. It was already going to be a stretch to place a lot of value on him with the second unit with the Detroit Pistons, but now it might be bordering on impossible. It could certainly raise the value of Reggie Jackson, though, especially if he doesn’t have to share many minutes in that first month and a half.
Last season with the Pistons, Jackson played 27 games toward the end of the season. He averaged 17.6 points, 9.2 assists, and 4.7 rebounds. Those are great numbers that might project well with the current roster as well. That makes him not only a great player to pick up in fantasy basketball, but also someone who could be battling for an Eastern Conference All-Star selection in the first half.
As far as Jennings goes, when he gets close to returning to the court, it becomes a prime opportunity for fantasy owners to trade Jackson. Jennings is in a contract season and knows that he needs to put up good numbers in the second half. That could mean a push to score more often, which will add dollar signs to his next contract. Fans should expect more NBA rumors about Jennings as the season progresses, as he could be a good acquisition for another team struggling at the point guard position.
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