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November 1, 2014 Updates

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

Who are some FA point guards the Thunder could look at signing? Anthony Slater: Gal Mekel has been rumored. Was recently with the Mavs before getting released after they signed J.J. Barea. Ish Smith is another option. But my guess: Michael Jenkins. He was in camp with OKC and played relatively well when given the opportunity. He knows the system, is comfortable with the team and can shoot it a little bit. Nobody they bring in is gonna be groundbreaking, so my guess is they go with someone they are familiar with. Oklahoman

An anonymous NBA scount dishes his take on the Thunder's outlook with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook sidelined. "They are going to have a hard time scoring. You know they are not going to rush KD back because that’s not what they do. The entire offense was funneled to Westbrook and Durant. You can run the same sets but how effective is it going to be without two of the top 10 players in the NBA? But that’s probably what they are going to do. Reggie Jackson is like a mini-Westbrook. He’s going to get a lot of shots. It was the Perry Jones Show against the Clippers, so he will get looks too. Serge Ibaka isn’t a post presence but they might try to do more to get him more baseline jump shots. These are band-aids though. In this conference, they can easily lose 10 or 15 games over the next month and be in a deep hole when Russ or KD comes back. This injury could knock them out of the playoffs." Sports Illustrated

Depending on the diagnosis that is expected to be more clear on Friday, the Thunder's championship hopes may have gone out the door with him. It's unclear if the injury, which Thunder coach Scott Brooks called a small fracture of the second metacarpal, will require surgery. "What seed were the Rockets when they won it all (in 1995)?" one Thunder official asked as he tried to process the unwelcome news. USA Today Sports

"It's tough," said Ibaka, who had 17 points and nine rebounds against the Clippers and was one of only eight Thunder players available by game's end. "We were not ready for it…We have a lot of guys with injury, and we need to just figure (it) out. We need to just keep playing the way we did tonight, to keep fighting…We've got guys. We've been there before. "You know, what happened to me last year now happened to KD and Russ, it's something I can not really talk about because I can not really control that. What I can do is keep staying together. I'm going to tell the guys, stay together and keep pushing, keep working." USA Today Sports

David 'Dubi' Pick: I noted yesterday that the OKC Thunder express interest in Gal Mekel. Wonder if deal could materialize with Russell Westbrook out. Twitter @IAmDPick

The early indication is that Russell Westbrook could miss four to six weeks after fracturing the second metacarpal in his right hand Thursday against the Los Angeles Clippers. It could keep the Thunder's electric point guard sidelined through mid-December and add him to an already ridiculously long list of injured Oklahoma City players who are expected to miss the season's first month. Oklahoman

Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook broke his right hand Thursday, coach Scott Brooks said after the loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Westbrook, hurt during the middle of the second quarter of the 93-90 loss, has a small fracture in his second metacarpal. No timetable on a return was available Thursday night. "We'll know more tomorrow," Brooks said. "We have to figure it out together." USA Today Sports

 

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