Prior to the draft, it was pretty much agreed upon that if the Thunder needed anything, it would probably be a capable wing to spell Kevin Durant when needed. Preferably a player with some defensive chops and the ability to drill an open shot.
Why? Mainly because with the high probability of James Harden moving into the starting five, the bench loses a little bit of firepower. Reggie Jackson certainly might alleviate some of that as a combo scoring guard, and Thabo can slide over to a natural backup of Durant, which might be better suited for him (10-15 minutes a game for Thabo makes a lot more sense than 25-30).
That’s the probable scenario and truly, the Thunder standard operating procedure. Don’t overextend on a veteran that may or may not help. Instead, bring in a talented but raw player, put him in the program and watch him grow into the piece you need. That’s the idea with Jackson and with his ability, I’m confident he could become a bit of a Russell Lite off the bench and help replace Harden’s scoring punch.
Still, it’s likely there will be a roster spot available (Oklahoma City’s full at 15 right now, but Royal Ivey isn’t guaranteed and there hasn’t been a resolution on Daequan Cook yet) and the Thunder will have some cap space — I think. (You know, that whole CBA thing could affect that.) If Cook stays with the team there might not be a lot of cash to spend, but there will be some at least, if Presti is willing. Keep Reading…