The Oklahoma City Thunder are going to need to start assessing their contract situations in the near future as they have a few players they need to pay or risk losing to free agency.
One of those players is none other than rising guard Reggie Jackson, who took a bigger role with the team in Russell Westbrook’s absence and has kept that increasingly larger role now that he’s looking like a viable replacement for James Harden off the bench.
But Jackson is going to want to get paid, and he’s going to want more minutes, and it’s a question of if the Thunder can give him both of those things or not this upcoming offseason.
According to NBA scribe Cray Allred, the deal that Reggie Jackson can expect to get will likely fall between the Isaiah Thomas deal and the Eric Bledsoe deal.
My estimation is that Thomas’ lower ceiling, limited more than Jackson’s due to size and age, means his deal is near the low-end of what Jackson could secure. Bledsoe’s offer seems to be a price ceiling for Jackson. Again, this is all just my speculation, but I would expect Jackson to fetch between $7MM-$10MM.
That seems like fair value for Jackson, but it may not be enough to keep him. He has stated that he wants a larger role with the team and there doesn’t seem to be room for that in the lineup. That being said, Jackson is a rising talent in the NBA and the Thunder would be wise to make room in both the cap and the lineup for Jackson in the future.
Be sure to check FanSided.com’s official NBA page to keep up to date on the latest news and rumors from around the league all summer long.
Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder