OKC Thunder: Taking stock of Reggie Jackson's season

by Berry Tramel and Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater Published: June 12, 2014
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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.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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