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November 4, 2014 Updates

"They will be back soon and we will be whole once again," Brooks said. "I just don't know when. But when that happens, everyone will fit into their roles." CBSSports.com

Likely options include Ish Smith, John Lucas III, Diante Garrett and Michael Jenkins. If the exception is granted by Wednesday as expected, it’s likely that one of those players will be added in time for Friday’s home game against Memphis. Oklahoman

November 3, 2014 Updates

The Thunder have applied for a hardship exception from the NBA, which would allow Oklahoma City to sign a 16th player because of all the injuries, despite the 15-player limit on teams. Teams with four or more players on the roster who are expected to miss two or more weeks during the regular season are eligible for the waiver. The Thunder now have five: Durant, Westbrook, Morrow and rookie forwards Mitch McGary and Grant Jerrett. However, the waiver can't be granted until Westbrook misses three consecutive games. Even after that happens, if there is any uncertainty that any of those players will be out more than two weeks, the waiver will not be granted. NBA.com

The Thunder will not consider bringing up their second first-round pick, Josh Huestis. He agreed to spend his rookie season with the Oklahoma City Blue in the NBA D-League, rather than the Thunder, as part of a Draft-day arrangement. While Huestis is doing well so far with the Blue, if there's one area where OKC still has a couple of bodies, it's at the wing positions Huestis would probably play. NBA.com

November 1, 2014 Updates

Russell Westbrook underwent surgery Saturday morning on his broken right hand, the Thunder announced today. Westbrook will be re-evaluated in four weeks, at which time a further update will be provided. Westbrook fractured the second metacarpal in his right hand Thursday night in Los Angeles. The injury occurred midway through the second quarter of the Thunder’s loss against the Clippers. Westbrook removed himself from the game and did not return but did watch the majority of the second half from the bench with his right hand wrapped. Oklahoman

Royce Young: Jackson and the Thunder were never close on a deal. They're tabling the talks for next summer while letting the market decide his value. Twitter @royceyoung

“Bottom line,” one NBA general manager told Yahoo Sports, “how much are they willing to pay for Westbrook’s backup?” The loss of Westbrook to a fractured hand on Thursday night – possibly for a month – will give Jackson a chance to showcase his skills in the near future, a platform that could make Jackson’s case for a free-agent deal. Some teams believe Jackson could command a deal in the $13 million-$14 million-plus annual range – especially because of a belief that investing more into an offer sheet could cripple the Thunder’s chances of matching it. Yahoo! Sports

October 31, 2014 Updates

After discussions on a contract extension perished on Friday, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson is determined to pursue restricted free agency as a means to hunt a starting job in the NBA, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Jackson has been described as eager to get on the market next summer, out of All-Star Russell Westbrook’s shadow and prove his value as a frontline NBA point guard. Yahoo! Sports

Some teams believe Jackson could command a deal in the $13 million-$14 million-plus annual range – especially because of a belief that investing more into an offer sheet could cripple the Thunder’s chances of matching it. Yahoo! Sports

According to general manager Sam Presti, Russell Westbrook underwent further evaluation by outside consultants on his fractured right hand Friday and the process will continue Saturday. Westbrook remains without an official timetable as the team weighs the possibility of a procedure to repair his hand. "At this stage, surgery is a consideration for this particular injury," Presti told ESPN.com. "If there were to be a procedure, we would provide a time frame at that point." ESPN.com

The Thunder are considering applying for a league hardship exception, which would allow them to sign an additional player to the roster because at least four players are out with injuries for a minimum of two weeks. Currently, Durant, Jerrett, McGary and Morrow all qualify. With Westbrook now likely ruled out, the Thunder then could apply for an additional hardship exception. In order to qualify, an independent physician with the NBA has to render a judgment on the return to play and how those players' returns would fit into the period of time the team would need the exception. "We're certainly looking into it," Presti said. "But by the same token, we have to asses not only the needs on the roster, but when the players would return and how to best maximize the group that we have and our ability to get our players back healthy." Teams can't apply for an exception until the players miss at least three games, meaning the Thunder can't make their application until after Saturday's home opener against the Denver Nuggets. Once Westbrook misses three games, the Thunder then could apply for a second exception following their game against the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 4. ESPN.com

 

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