Report: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Untouchable on Trade Market, Reggie Jackson No Longer Untouchable

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Detroit Pistons shooting guard, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, has moved onto the Detroit Pistons’ short list of untouchables as opposing teams inquire on Detroit’s assets.

Stan Van Gundy reluctant to trade Reggie Jackson has often considered him to be an untouchable asset, but Stein records that Caldwell-Pope and Andre Drummond are Detroit’s only untouchable assets.

From Stein:

“Stan Van Gundy has openly scoffed at the suggestion that Detroit is looking to trade away Reggie Jackson amid the disappointing Pistons’ 18-23 struggles. Yet there’s a growing impression around the league that, at the very least, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has moved past Reggie Jackson onto Detroit’s short list of untouchables alongside Andre Drummond.”

This is an interesting development. Jackson has as of late, returned to the level he played at last season. he is averaging 16.8 points and 5.5 assists per game this season. His three-point shooting has seen a very slight increase, as it has jumped to 35.7 percent compared to last season’s 35.3 percent.

Detroit has begun to turn their season around somewhat. They went on a short winning streak before blowing an 18-point lead to the Sacramento Kings and falling to the Golden State Warriors last night.

Sitting at 18-23, Detroit is expected by many to move into the playoff picture soon, but it is taking longer than anticipated for that to happen.

It is remarkable, however, how Caldwell-Pope has progressed. He has been fantastic this season, enduring a career year. He is averaging 14.5 points per game on 40.4 percent shooting from the three-point line. After shooting 30.9 percent from deep last season, that improvement has been crucial for Detroit’s limited success. He is also averaging a career-high three assists per game.

This is not surprising news. Stan Van Gundy spoke glowing of Caldwell-Pope last night after he left the game with a shoulder injury.

For now, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is where he belongs, on Detroit’s short list of untouchable assets.

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