The Oklahoma City Thunder are currently the best team in the Western Conference and the second best team in the NBA, and they’re doing all of this without the help of Russell Westbrook and his scoring. Kevin Durant has stepped up in a big bad way, but so too has Reggie Jackson as it appears he’s playing himself into a nice offseason contract next year.
Jackson is a restricted free agent at the end of next season, meaning the Thunder have the right to match any offer that is given to him by another team. That being said, the Thunder aren’t a lock to match any and all offers for Jackson as Bill Ingram from Basketball Insiders has noted Oklahoma City won’t overpay next summer to retain him.
[With] Jackson, it really depends. The Thunder aren’t going to overpay, as we’ve seen, so Jackson might command more than they want to pay for a backup unless Westbrook just can’t get healthy.
The Thunder have been great so far this season, sitting with a 39-11 record and just a game behind the Indiana Pacers for the best overall record in basketball. Jackson has played a large role in the success of the Thunder but his return beyond next season is far from certain.