How is your trade deadline week treating you? Having fun yet? Why haven't there been any trades? Well, we have rumor day today and tomorrow morning we might start to see some movement. Heck, we may see movement at any time. Who will be the first domino to be moved?
ESPN's Chris Broussand had this Tweet about Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson, who may have requested a trade, earlier today:
Sources: Indy, Bos, Hou, Den all interested in Reggie Jackson. No guarantee OKC will trade him. They won't give him away.— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 18, 2015
And from Adrian Wojnarowski, of Yahoo! Sports on Jackson's agent perhaps asking the Thunder to trade his client:
The agent for Oklahoma City guard Reggie Jackson has asked general manager Sam Presti to trade his client before Thursday's NBA deadline, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
CAA's Aaron Mintz made the request in the past seven to 10 days, and several teams around the league became aware as officials probed for information on potentially dealing for Jackson, league sources said.
Jackson is from the Colorado Springs area and fits some of the Nuggets criteria, or the criteria they should be gunning for. Jackson is young at just 24 years old (25 in April), and has been productive as a volume guy for the Thunder. During his four years in the NBA, Jackson has started just 49 games in his career - including 13 of 50 games played this season - and has averaged 21 minutes per game, including 28 minutes per game this season.
The Oklahoma City guard who will be a restricted free agent this summer wants to be a starter, for one, not to mention an All-Star and perhaps even a Hall of Famer. Yet unfortunately for the Boston College product who was taken 24th overall by the Thunder in 2011. those goals are seeming more distant by the day given all that surrounds him in this current climate. ...
Since Waiters joined the Thunder by way of a three-team on Jan. 6, Jackson has seen a major decline in his playing time and - not surprisingly - his production. ...
The two sides couldn't reach an agreement on an extension leading up to the Oct. 31 deadline, when Jackson was pushing for a Eric Bledsoe-esque kind of deal (the Phoenix Suns point guard was given a five-year, $70 million extension) and the Thunder were more willing to pay him Kemba Walker money (the Charlotte Hornets point guard signed a four-year, $48 million extension).
Jackson could sign his qualifying offer of roughly $3.2 million after this season, no matter which team he's on, and instead of inking a deal as a restricted free agent this summer, he could play out the 2015-16 season under the QO and become an unrestricted free agent the following summer. Could Jackson, who shoots just 43% from the field and 28% from three-point land, really command large money?
The good news on Jackson, he's a tireless worker and wants to be great. The Gazette's Paul Klee wrote a piece that highlighted Jackson a little bit and Klee has a lot of good to say about Jackson's work ethic. Now, could it all come together for Jackson in another city? The Nuggets could have the pieces to find out.
But what would Jackson's arrival in Denver mean? Jackson wants to start and Ty Lawson (who was absent from the Nuggets practice today, for what might be "travel issues" back from Las Vegas) is the Nuggets incumbent starter in Denver and is playing at a very high level. But the team could be falling out of love with Lawson's off-court issues and the desire to have a point guard who is a little more of a leader under Brian Shaw.
Just rumors for now, but Jackson might be on his hometown team's radar. If the Nuggets really want to shake up the roster, they might have the pieces to get it done and it appears names are starting to come to light that could interest the Nuggets.