Days before the season opened, the Thunder picked up next year's contract options on Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones III.
In the case of Jackson and Lamb, the decision was a no-brainer. With the deadline looming, OKC ensured two of their most prized young prospects wouldn't become restricted free agents in the summer.
But picking up Jones' option came as a bit of a surprise to some.
Last season, Jones rarely played. And heading into his second year, he still seemed a long shot for the rotation.
But through three games, that external outlook has changed. And so has Jones' assumed place in the Thunder pecking order.
In the first week, Jones has played a combined 42 minutes, more than any three-game stretch during his rookie season.
And in those brief spurts, he has affected the game with his length and activity, blocking three shots, grabbing five rebounds and scoring eight points.
“I just want him to show his activity,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “He's very athletic. And we need to see that every possession. That's something I just tell him to focus on … I think he's done a pretty good job of that.”
Moving forward, as Brooks continues to tweak and trim his rotation, Jones is one of a few potential odd men out.
But if the 6-foot-11 wing continues to progress, it'll be tough to keep him from some kind of role.
“Does he have to improve? Absolutely,” Brooks said. “But I think he's on the right path, getting better through the work that he's put in.”
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