The Bucks are among the teams with interest in trade candidate and soon-to-be restricted free agent Reggie Jackson, a source tells Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher. Teams around the league expect the Thunder to trade Jackson by Thursday’s 2pm Central time deadline, as Ken Berger of CBSSports.com wrote late Tuesday. Bucher suggets that the Bucks could offer either Jerryd Bayless or John Henson in return, but it’s unclear whether Milwaukee is actually considering either of them.
Oklahoma City had found the market for Jackson weaker than they expected, but it appears to be picking up. Sacramento has reportedly held preliminary talks with the Thunder about Jackson, and the Knicks have seemed likely to make another run at him after Jackson thought he was headed to New York amid erroneous reports last month. The Heat apparently find Jackson intriguing, too.
A stumbling block to any trade would seemingly be Jackson’s looming restricted free agency, with some teams apparently having believed at the beginning of this season that he would command offers between $13MM and $14MM on the market this summer. That’s raised tax concerns for the Thunder, as Berger indicated in his report, but it’s also seemingly a complicating factor for the Bucks, who, as Berger also wrote, aren’t biting on the offers they’ve fielded for fellow restricted free agent guard Brandon Knight. For now, Jackson is a relative bargain, making only slightly more than $2.204MM in the final season of his rookie scale contract.