Lost in the creativity of Saturday's blockbuster trade with Houston was the fact Thunder general manager Sam Presti traded away two team-option decisions when he dealt center Cole Aldrich and forward Lazar Hayward to the Rockets.
The only remaining decision was whether to exercise the option of second-year guard Reggie Jackson, and Presti announced he did so on Monday.
The move guarantees Jackson a salary of $1.33 million for the 2013-14 season.
The 24th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Jackson averaged 3.1 points, 1.6 assists, 1.2 rebounds and 11.1 minutes in 45 games last year during a rookie season where he was thrown into the backup point guard role after reserve Eric Maynor suffered a season-ending knee injury on Jan. 7.
A 6-foot-3, 208-pounder out of Boston College, Jackson was named to the All-Summer League second team in Orlando after averaging 15.3 points, a team-leading 3.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 26.4 minutes in four games.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Jackson and Maynor are battling for the backup point guard position this year.
The Thunder's first preseason game was a 107-105 loss to the Houston Rockets on Oct. 10 in Hidalgo, Texas. Newly acquired Kevin Martin played 9:23 against OKC and had 11 points, while wide-eyed rookie guard Jeremy Lamb played 24:03 and had 12 points and eight rebounds.
After his first practice with the Thunder, Lamb admitted Monday he is still a bit awed about being in the NBA.
“Even today, I still look around and I'm like, ‘Wow, I'm really getting extra work in with KD (Kevin Durant). I'll be going up against (Russell) Westbrook and all those guys,' so it's exciting,” Lamb said. “It's a great thing. It's going to help me as a player.”
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In each of the last six seasons, Martin finished with his team's highest scoring average. That figures to end now that he is teammates with Durant and Westbrook, who finished No. 1 and No. 4 in the NBA in total points last season.
Brooks is confident it won't be necessary to remind Martin he no longer is his team's No. 1 scoring option.
“No, he knows,” Brooks said with a smile. “I would never have to say, ‘Hey, Kevin. The guy with your same (first) name is pretty good.' ”
Westbrook on the Thunder trading James Harden: “James is a good friend of mine. He'll always be a good friend of mine. Just because he's on a different team doesn't change friendships.”
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