No surprise that Jackson wants out of OKC…
Oklahoma City Thunder star Reggie Jackson’s agent has reportedly requested a trade for his client ahead of the deadline on Thursday.
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Aaron Mintz made the request in the last week or so to general manager Sam Presti and it is claimed that several teams have been monitoring his situation since, according to Yahoo Sports.
The 24-year-old is set to become a restricted free agent this summer and has previously made it clear to the franchise that he would be unlikely to want to return given that his role has diminished this season.
The Thunder opted to bring in Dion Waiters last month from the Cleveland Cavaliers, and it was widely suspected that the move was in order to cover for the loss of Jackson who is chasing a more prominent role elsewhere.
It is understood that Presti has been willing to gauge the market and listen to potential deals, but he has made no commitment to Jackson that he will definitely be dealt, and so it remains to be seen whether or not an acceptable offer is accepted.
Jackson is averaging 12.4 points, 4.2 assists and four rebounds per game for OKC this season, and so he will certainly be a popular free agent given that many teams will see him as a starting point guard on their respective teams with the likes of the Los Angeles Lakers linked with an interest.
That is not an option at Oklahoma City as Russell Westbrook is unsurprisingly first choice, but another option available to the reserve guard is to sign a one-year qualifying offer with the Thunder which would in turn allow him to become an unrestricted free agent in 2016.