The Oklahoma City Thunder found a home for Reggie Jackson just before the trade-deadline buzzer on Thursday, sending him to the Detroit Pistons in a three-way deal that brought back a bunch of depth, including big man Enes Kanter from the Utah Jazz. The deal was first reported by Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. It's time to grade the trade.

Pistons acquire Reggie Jackson

Jackson wanted to be a starter and have a chance to prove he can hold his own against the best point guards in the league. The Pistons will give him that chance. Brandon Jennings is out for the rest of the season, and president and head coach Stan Van Gundy surrendered D.J. Augustin in this deal. This means Jackson is the No. 1 guy, with only veteran John Lucas III and rookie Spencer Dinwiddie behind him. Quite a change from playing behind Russell Westbrook and Dion Waiters.

Jackson is set to be a restricted free agent in the summer, so Detroit essentially acquired the right to match any offer sheet he signs. The price tag on that offer sheet will largely be determined by how he performs for the rest of the season. Van Gundy's offense should give him an opportunity to flourish, as Jennings and Augustin both found success in a post-Josh Smith world with the ball in their hands and the promise of consistent minutes. If Jackson doesn't shine here, he cannot blame the system or the situation.

For the Pistons, this is a risk worth taking. Jackson has a high ceiling, and neither Kyle Singler nor Augustin were foundational pieces. They'll likely have to make a decision about him or Jennings at some point, though I'm sure Van Gundy will say publicly that they can play together. In the short term, it should help them make a run at the No. 8 seed in the East.


Thunder acquire Enes Kanter, Kyle Singler, D.J. Augustin, Steve Novak

OKC had to move Jackson because a) his agent had demanded it, b) the two sides were far apart in terms of what they'd be willing to accept in a new contract. To get this much for a guy who had one foot out the door is impressive. Kanter is a former top-three pick, and while there are questions about his defense and he's gotten a bit lost in Utah's crowded frontcourt, he is only 22 years old and has significant potential. The Thunder have traditionally lacked skilled big men, and with Mitch McGary showing some signs lately, that's very different now. 

Singler provides some size and shooting on the wing -- he's making 41 percent of his 3-pointers this season -- and Augustin is a backup point guard to replace Jackson. He's historically been better as a starter, but perhaps that'll change here. Novak likely won't play much and could be bought out, but if he stays he could have post-practice shooting competitions with Anthony Morrow! That would be beautiful.

In Jackson, the Thunder lost a productive player they'd developed nicely since selecting him No. 24 overall in 2011. They didn't have a lot of leverage here, though, and you have to applaud general manager Sam Presti for improving his bench.


Jazz acquire Kendrick Perkins, Grant Jerrett, protected future first-round pick from Thunder, future second-round pick from Detroit, rights to Tibor Pleiss

Utah acquiesced to Kanter's trade demand and didn't get anything that'll help the team immediately. The Jazz will reportedly waive Kendrick Perkins, receiving only a couple of picks for a big man who they selected No. 3 overal in 2011. While Kanter became expendable due to the rapid rise of Rudy Gobert, it is a bit perplexing that they dumped him like this. They got out of the $3.8 million they owe Novak next season, though, and financial flexiblity and future picks are never bad things.

In the big picture, Utah is fine. It has an enviable collection of young players with potential, and it will have their own lottery pick in this June's draft. Kanter didn't have a long-term future with the franchise, and he was clearly unhappy with his place on the pecking order.