HoopsHype Reggie Jackson rumors

January 26, 2015 Updates

Since Waiters’ first game with the Thunder on Jan. 7, Jackson has averaged just 19.5 minutes. He’s averaging 9.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists over that same span. Oklahoman

January 19, 2015 Updates

Jackson's name was initially included in the early reports of the three-team Waiters deal, supposedly going to New York. Those reports were false. But there's still a month before the trade deadline. "Just taking it in stride, figuring it out," Jackson said. "There's been a lot of speculation. I'm not sure what's going to happen, if anything happens. I'm not going to worry about it. Just make the most of my opportunity. I think that's what we're all trying to do, trying to find a way to grow stronger and grow better as a team. This playoff push all the time in this conference is very difficult." NBA.com

I asked Durant if he felt any need to reach out to Jackson and keep his spirits up. "We're all professionals here, man," Durant said. "We know the nature of this game. We're not here to ... this not day care. We're not babying anybody here. We all know that Reggie's such a good professional. He knows how to come to work every single day. He knows that him and Dion are going to have to play together. And Dion knows that. So we're not spending any of our energy on that type of stuff." NBA.com

"My ultimate goal is always to win a championship ... (but) whatever is the next move is the next move," Jackson told USA TODAY Sports. "I'm just going to be here and be the best player I can be, day in and day out. When I go on the court I hope it shows. I want to compete at the highest level, always trying to get better. But if you have to move, it is what it is. USA Today Sports

January 16, 2015 Updates

It led to the team’s franchise player, Kevin Durant, being asked at Thursday’s shootaround whether he feels a need to step to Jackson and put his arm around him. Durant responded with a long-winded no. “We’re all professionals here, man,” Durant said. “We know the nature of this game. This not day care. We’re not babying anybody here. We all know that Reggie is such a good professional ...he knows that. He knows how to come to work every single day. And he knows that him and Dion are going to have to play together. And Dion knows that. So we’re not spending any of our energy on that type of stuff because this is a professional game. It’s a business at that as well. So, nah, we’re not going to do that.” Oklahoman

January 12, 2015 Updates

“I mean, that’s what everybody’s saying,” Jackson said when asked directly if he feels like he’ll be traded this season. “I’m not here to speculate, though. So if that’s what they do I understand it’s a business. If not, I’m still out here giving it my all. I’m just here to enjoy the game to the best of my ability. That’s all I want to do is play basketball.” Oklahoman

How is Jackson handling it? “Probably better than you are. Y’all are bringing it up,” Jackson told reporters. “I can’t control it. I just go play whenever I’m put on the court. That’s about all I can do, all the control I have. Just go from there. I’m happy (Waiters) did well. I’m happy he made a big shot. I’m just happy we got a win.” Oklahoman

Publicly, team officials are downplaying the awkwardness of the Waiters trade and what the move might mean for Jackson’s future in OKC. They tout Waiters’ addition as added flexibility and firepower, a fourth offensive force that can create with the ball in his hands. But why pay Jackson, a restricted free agent this summer, upwards of $12 million annually to do something three others on this team can do? It would be illogical, and it’s the leading reason why few think Jackson is long for Oklahoma City. Oklahoman

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There were reports, from highly respected national guys, that Jackson was on his way to New York as part of the deal. Because he wasn’t really part of it, Jackson didn’t get a call from his agent or brother and “those two are the closest to me, so I wasn’t sure if it was true or not.” But social media told a different story. “I was traded,” Jackson said, when recalling his mindset. “I was thinking I was going to go home and pack and that was about it.” He’d seen the news on Twitter and heard it through the grapevine: “A few friends hitting me up saying you got traded.” Oklahoman

The Knicks are expected to try to re-engage the Thunder in talks for point guard Reggie Jackson after being rebuffed in their efforts to land him in Monday night's three-team deal, sources say. Jackson would fit into the $2.6 million trade exception New York received in the trade with Cleveland and Oklahoma City, but the Thunder have been steadfast in rebuffing trade offers for the point guard. CBSSports.com

January 5, 2015 Updates

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