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Reggie Jackson given 5-year $80M contract by Detroit Pistons

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We are deep into NBA Free Agency now and over a billion dollars has now been spent by teams acquiring new players and negotiating contracts.

FREE AGENCY FRENZY

Kevin Love, Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis are all set for life after signing deals worth over $100M to stay at their current teams for the long term, while Goran Dragic, DeAndre Jordan, Draymond Green and Jimmy Butler all got very close to breaking three figures themselves.

A fifth player has pushed them-self into that secondary group, with Reggie Jackson landing himself a great deal from the Detroit Pistons.

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$80-Million Man

According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sport, Jackson - who was a restricted free agent - has reached agreement on a five-year, $80 million extension with the Detroit Pistons.

Woj went on to report that Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy has placed his trust in the former Oklahoma City Thunder guard, handing him a big pay-day despite only being a starting point guard in the NBA for one season. 

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"Pistons president and coach Stan Van Gundy wanted to fully commit to Jackson as one of the franchise’s cornerstones and will do so with a substantial investment of $16 million per season. There is no player option in the contract, league sources said."

Brave Trade

Just one season ago, the Thunder offered Jackson a four-year deal worth $48 million but the point guard turned down the chance to remain as Russell Westbrook's backup, wanting to be a star himself instead.

That has proved an excellent decision from the former Boston College man, who was selected with the 24th overall pick back in 2011 by OKC. 

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 for the Pistons, with a PER of around 19.

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