The Pistons point guard is expected to miss the start of the regular season with knee problems.
Rod Beard of The Detroit News:
A 6-to-8-week absence would cause Jackson to miss 12 to 20 games. That’s a big chunk of the season for a team that could finish anywhere between getting home-court advantage in the first round and missing the playoffs entirely.
Ish Smith is an adequate, though uninspiring, fill-in. With so few rotation-level wings capable of creating, Smith faces a large offensive burden (one Jackson shouldered last year).
With Smith starting, backup point guard becomes an issue. Detroit probably doesn’t want to depend on Ray McCallum or Lorenzo Brown for regular minutes, and the free-agent market has dried up. Perhaps, the Pistons consider a minor trade by floating Aron Baynes, Reggie Bullock and/or Darrun Hilliard.
Detroit’s goal for now should just be staying afloat until Jackson returns – and hoping that’s as soon as possible.