The future of Reggie Jackson might be decided this offseason. Or maybe not.
The Thunder’s gifted reserve point guard will be eligible for a contract extension for the first time on July 1. And Presti said the goal is to get a deal done. But it’s not close to a certainty.
“Generally, these things don’t happen in July,” Presti said. “The trend now is they don’t even happen by the Oct. 31 deadline. But we are going to make a concerted effort to try to work something out with him that works for everybody. If that doesn’t happen, then we’ll pick the conversations up the following summer and see where that leads us.”
When asked if a trade was possible if nothing could be worked out with Jackson, Presti said, “That’s not something we’re considering.”
With two first round picks — the 21st and 29th overall — the Thunder has plenty of options and assets heading into the June 26 draft.
Presti said he’s currently sifting through the potential avenues OKC can go with those picks.
“I wouldn’t rule out moving those selections depending on what’s sitting there,” Presti said. “I think there’s a big difference between picking a player and selecting a player. When you’re picking, you’re picking from not necessarily things that you want. Selection, to me, is when you’re selecting from a pool that you value. We want to be in position to select. If we’re in a position simply to pick, then we’ll probably move the pick on.”