For Reggie Jackson, there was no other answer.

The Detroit Pistons point guard was asked Tuesday about the team’s goals for next season, after Sunday’s exit from the first round of the NBA playoffs.

“Finals,” he said.

Brief pause.

“That’s what I set each year. I want to win the title, so I’m sure the team does, as well,” Jackson said.

Pistons players gathered at the practice facility one last time Tuesday, for exit interviews and goodbyes for the offseason.

They finished the regular season with a 44-38 record and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2009, breaking the longest drought in the Eastern Conference. They were the No. 8 seed were and swept out of the playoffs by the top-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers.

But the Pistons’ top six players have an average age of 23. And with a first-round NBA draft pick and $17 million in salary cap space this summer, the tools are in place to supplement the roster and make another significant jump — after improving by 12 wins from the 2014-15 season.

“We’ll talk and figure out what we want to achieve, but I know, in sitting down and talking to (center Andre Drummond) and (Kentavious Caldwell-Pope), there’s not really any other goal,” Jackson said. “That’s kind of where our mind-set is each and every year.

“That’s kinda how far we aim. But sit down and figure out some other things until then. I’m sure we will.”


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