HoopsHype Reggie Jackson rumors

September 3, 2014 Updates

How are contract negotiations going? Reggie Jackson: We haven’t really talked about it much this summer. I know my representation and the Thunder have been talking. But mostly I haven’t really gotten to talk super much about it. I’ve been busy. I think we’re just trying to figure things out and hopefully we can get a deal done. Do you think something will get done before the deadline? Reggie Jackson: I’m not sure. I’m always hopeful. I’m hoping for the best, expecting the worst. That’s just how I kind of approach things. I’m just happy and blessed to be able to play basketball another day and wake up another day. Just seeing another day is a blessing. I hope to get things done. But if not, it is what it is. I can’t really dwell on it. I have to go out there and compete. That’s where I am. I have to go out there and enjoy the game and trust that my representation and us sitting down and figuring things out is hopefully going to lead to us getting something done before the deadline. Oklahoman

To piggyback on that, what did you make of the deals Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons got this summer, and do you look at those extensions as sort of barometers for yourself? Reggie Jackson: Yeah. I definitely factor in all those things. Young players getting paid. Especially with Gordon, who I believe was the class before me, and then Chandler who was in my class. A second-round pick who I’m happy for. He went out and got a major payday, and hopefully he lives up to the expectations. I’m sure he’s preparing for this season. We met each other, I believe, our rookie year. Chandler’s a great guy. Oklahoman

What can we expect to see from you next season? Reggie Jackson: Probably an even more confident player. Just somebody who’s going to go out there and be free flowing. I think the great players in this league treat it as pick-up. They just go out there and have fun. They don't really think necessarily too much. They just play instinctively. I’m still trying to get better at not beating myself up about plays. Try to learn from them. I’ve got to move on and just continue to play and just correct myself and understand I’ve been playing this game my whole life. Oklahoman

Is it something that you can see happening next year, or on this team would you be more comfortable coming off the bench? Reggie Jackson: Nah (laughs). I don’t think about ever coming off the bench for any team. If that’s the role I’m put in, that’s what I’m put in. But since the day I thought about playing in the NBA, I’ve always been a starter. Everything I’ve thought about, whether it be middle school, high school, kids leagues, I never envisioned coming off the bench. When you think about playing basketball, you see the first five guys get on the floor, and that’s something I’ve always prided myself on being. I want to be the best player I can be. I want to be the best player in the world. I don’t think those guys are necessarily coming off the bench. So I’ve never thought about that or even had that idea in the back of my mind. Oklahoman

Reggie Jackson: For some people it’s important. To others it’s not. It’s very prideful for me. I feel like I’m very talented. I feel like I can lead a team. That’s just how I’ve been raised and that’s just how I’ve always felt. I want to be the guy in charge. I want to be the guy leading the team. The head of the snake. I guess that’s just how I’m encrypted DNA-wise. I played quarterback in high school. I had a year I was a receiver. But I was more comfortable playing quarterback. I’ve just always been good leading my team. That's how I’ve always been, being vocal. And when the ball’s in my hand, I feel like I can make the right plays and just impact the team. I definitely want to finish the game. That is the most important. But I’ve never envisioned myself coming off the floor. I always felt like I’d start the game and finish and play every minute of every game if that’s what’s asked of me. That’s one of the goals I’ve had and I still have to this day. Oklahoman

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This offseason, Jackson is eligible for an extension for the first time. “Hopefully we’ll sit down and figure things out,” Reggie Jackson said. It’s the James Harden summer, as some could infamously recall, the offseason in which he was shipped from OKC because he couldn’t see eye-to-eye with the organization about an extension. But despite the somewhat similar on-court situations — Jackson is now filling Harden’s bench role – the business side of things is drastically different. Oklahoman

As a restricted free agent following next season, Jackson will have plenty of potential suitors. But he won’t command near a max deal, which Harden got in Houston. So he falls a lot closer to the Thunder’s price range. Plus, this time around, OKC will be more financially flexible. When Jackson’s extension would take effect, Kendrick Perkins’ $9 million deal will be coming off the books, Serge Ibaka’s contract will remain flat and, as has been reported recently, the NBA’s luxury tax is expected to be elevated. Oklahoman

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The biggest questions going into Game 5 for the Thunder is the status of two of the team’s starters, Reggie Jackson and Serge Ibaka. Jackson rolled his right ankle early in Game 4 but sounds as if he’s blocking out whatever pain and discomfort he might be feeling entering Thursday’s contest. “I’ll be ready at tip-off,” Jackson said. “I’m not really worried about it. Mentally just get through it. No excuses. I’m just ready to play…When game time comes, I have no injury. That’s about as much as I can say for it. I’m going to be able to do what I normally do. I have to mentally push through it and go out there and play the way I play.” Oklahoman

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So far, that’s not Jackson. Soft-spoken. Introspective. Considerate of people. Jackson goes around saying that the only thing that can happen at the foul line is make or miss. The only thing that can happen in a ballgame is win or lose. He seems to have the perspective of a padre, not a pit bull point guard, though that’s exactly what he is. “The embrace meant so much,” Jackson said. “We all may have our moments where we’re barking at each other, trying to get things done, but we’ve been here watching each other putting in the work to get better. Just that moment, getting it done, didn’t matter who got it done. We were happy to get it done. “Special to share that moment with ‘em. We believe in each other so much. We’ve been talking about being able to hoist the trophy. We felt like that was a big moment for us.” Oklahoman

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However, Durant said he wouldn’t allow his players to wear an opponent’s brand of shoes if he was a coach, echoing the sentiment of Denver coach Brian Shaw earlier this season and even singling out one of his teammates. “I get on Reggie almost every day, he wears LeBron’s,” Durant said. “Fish (Derek Fisher) wore some Kobe’s when he first got here, but I gave him a pass because him and Kobe are like BFFs. I can feel where Brian Shaw coming from.” Oklahoman

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Another tense moment came between Jackson and Durant at the end of the first period, though. This time, Jackson didn’t so much as look off KD as much as he just didn’t get it to him as the Thunder was holding for the final shot. Instead of immediately firing it to Durant after he grabbed a defensive rebound with 9.9 seconds remaining, Jackson dribbled slowly up the court as Durant was calling for it. When they crossed halfcourt, Durant still was calling for Jackson to get him the ball. But Jackson went with it, eventually pulling up for a 15-footer that rattled around before falling out. Oklahoman

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