HoopsHype Reggie Jackson rumors


February 19, 2015 Updates

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

While having immense confidence in one's abilities isn't a bad thing in a vacuum, Jackson's perception of his game sends a clear signal to teams that he won't be easily satisfied when it comes to his next contract. That much was clear last October, when Jackson and the Thunder couldn't reach an agreement on an extension before the Oct. 31 deadline and, as USA TODAY Sports reported last month, he turned down an offer that was in the neighborhood of the deal given to the Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker (four years, $48 million). Anyone assuming that Jackson's views of his own value have changed just because of this season's tumult would be missing the mark, as it's clear he considers the context the culprit in terms of his declining production. He wants the deal he believes he'll ultimately earn, and he wants to play for a team that is either a playoff contender or has a believable plan to get there sometime soon. Without those two things, the risk of his next team losing him in the summer of 2016 is real. USA Today Sports

Q: Do you expect to be here tomorrow night, playing in the Mavs game? Reggie Jackson: Um, I expect to live today to the fullest and if God blesses me hopefully I wake up tomorrow. Q: Do you want to be here tomorrow? Reggie Jackson: I would love to play basketball. Q: Do you want to be here in Oklahoma City playing for the Thunder? Reggie Jackson: I would love to play basketball. Q: So I take that as a no? Reggie Jackson: You take it as what you want, man? I just want to play basketball to the best of my ability. Oklahoman

Anthony Slater: Reggie Jackson admitted that, regardless of where he is (OKC or elsewhere), a burden will be lifted after deadline. Could help his play. Reggie Jackson: "That will be a good feeling once the deadline hits to know where you’re at and just go out there and compete" Twitter @anthonyVslater

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