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February 19, 2015 Updates

Sam Amick: Re: Yahoo! report about OKC/Brooklyn talks involving Reggie Jackson & Brook Lopez, sense from Jackson's side is that this likely gets done Twitter @sam_amick

Marc Stein: Latest word on Reggie Jackson (and stuff) to Brooklyn for Brook Lopez: "Close but not done" Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

The Brooklyn Nets and Oklahoma City are in serious talks on a deal for Brook Lopez – with a key component centering on the Nets’ ability to persuade Thunder guard Reggie Jackson to make a long-term commitment to the franchise, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

Brian Windhorst: Thunder & Nets re-engaged in Brook Lopez talks last night, sources said. Teams investigating 3rd team options at moment to expand deal Twitter @WindhorstESPN

But contrary to reports, the Celtics were not actively involved in the pursuit of players to whom they were linked for two days. Ty Lawson, Enes Kanter and DeMarcus Cousins were replaced by Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas of the Phoenix Suns and Oklahoma City’s Reggie Jackson in the Celtics rumor mill, but sources on different sides of the issue confirmed there was nothing of substance to any of it. Leaving aside the question of fit, it’s apparent the C’s are not enamored of the uncertainty that would come with acquiring Dragic or Jackson. The former plans to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and the latter will be restricted. Boston Herald

February 18, 2015 Updates

The situation is reaching the boiling point now, with all sides growing more uncomfortable by the second while one player's situation serves as quite a distraction to the masses. It remains to be seen if Jackson will be dealt, considering the latest indications that Presti is asking for a lot in return. But this much is clear: any team coming after Jackson now as opposed to later has a lot to think about. USA Today Sports

While Jackson will be a restricted free agent this summer, he is known to be open to the idea of signing the qualifying offer ($3.2 million) in order to become an unrestricted free agent in that highly-anticipated summer of '16. If he did not sign the qualifying offer and instead signed a team's offer sheet, then the team with which he played last would have the ability to match any and all offers. The larger scope of the league's finances is coming into play, as the NBA's monumental television deal that was recently struck (nine years, $24 billion with ESPN and TNT) means the salary is set to spike in historic ways. A player like Jackson, then, would certainly be intrigued with the notion of delaying his free agency in order to sign a long-term deal when there's so much more money. While the salary cap is approximately $63 million this season, it's estimated to soar to $90 million when the deal begins in 2016-17. USA Today Sports

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