A long-term agreement between the Pistons and their young point guard was expected the moment the Pistons traded for Jackson midway through last season. Unlike the ordeal last year with then-restricted free agent Greg Monroe, there was no drama in this negotiation.
Now, Jackson will be in Detroit until 2019, presumably alongside his pick-and-roll partner Andre Drummond. Along with Drummond, Jackson will be a key piece to the rebuilding Pistons, who have missed the playoffs the past six seasons.
Jackson is a high-volume player that needs to get better in several facets of the game, but he is already a deadly pick-and-roll player and should form a dangerous combination with Drummond, one of the best roll men in the NBA.
In 27 games with the Pistons, Jackson averaged 9.2 assists per game, which would have been good for fourth in the NBA if he kept it up for a whole season. He also averaged 17.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while in Detroit.
The deal is a hefty payday, but recent comparables were hints that something approaching $80 million was possible. So far in free agency, Brandon Knight had reached an agreement on a five-year, $70 million deal while Goran Dragic signed with the Heat for five years and $90 million.
Before being traded from the Thunder, Jackson had turned down an extension that would have paid him around $12 million annually.