Tramel — No. It was needed at the time and, through the Memphis series, he was great. Once he hit the skids, shooting 19-of-61 (31 percent) combined against the Clippers and Spurs, Scott Brooks should have had a quicker trigger, going to Jeremy Lamb sooner. But Butler was helpful and, if he doesn’t hit a sudden slump at the worst possible time, we’re talking about what a great move it was to bring him in.
3. Do you think he is with OKC beyond this contract?
Mayberry — Yes. The Thunder will do everything within reason to keep him. My only question is whether it’ll be enough for Jackson. He's clearly a starting caliber point guard with skills that teams pay a lot of money to acquire. Jackson has to know all of this by now, and the allure of what’s out there might be too much to pass up. The saving grace for the Thunder is its track record of winning. That's huge for Jackson. He wants to win a championship, and he also has to know by now that despite some difficult circumstances in OKC his best chance at doing that is right here with the Thunder.
Slater — Yes, because the Thunder is in complete control of this situation. If Jackson won’t agree to an extension this summer, no panic. He’s a restricted free agent next season, meaning the Thunder can match any offer sheet. And with an elevated tax threshold, Kendrick Perkins off the books and what’ll likely be an affordable deal – somewhere around four years, $32 million – OKC should have enough financial flexibility to keep Jackson. Unless he plays himself into a higher price tag next year.
Tramel — Yes. I think the Thunder signs Jackson to a contract extension. He's a very valuable piece of the puzzle. The Thunder brass loves Jackson. It will make him feel wanted.