2:05pm: The Pacers, Celtics, Rockets and Nuggets are all interested in Jackson, sources tell Chris Broussard of ESPN.com (Twitter link).
1:56pm: Jackson refused to give a direct answer when reporters asked him at practice today whether he wanted to remain in Oklahoma City, saying only “I would love to play basketball,” as Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman relays.
12:33pm: Agent Aaron Mintz, the representative for Reggie Jackson, recently asked Thunder GM Sam Presti to trade his client, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Several opposing teams have become aware of the request, which took place in the last seven to 10 days, league sources told Wojnarowski. Jackson has let the Thunder know that he’d resist the franchise’s efforts to keep him in restricted free agency this summer, Wojnarowski adds, which falls in line with a report last month from USA Today’s Sam Amick that he was open to signing his qualifying offer. That maneuver would allow him to hit unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2016, just when Kevin Durant would have a chance to leave the Thunder, too. Still, Presti hasn’t committed to trading Jackson even as he’s shown a willingness to listen to pitches from other teams, according to Wojnarowski.
The Thunder are still likely to match a reasonable offer to Jackson should they have him when the summer rolls around, tweets Chris Mannix of SI.com. They’re not about to part with him for an insignificant return, a point both Mannix and Wojnarowski make. Jackson and coach Scott Brooks have had their ups and downs this season, Wojnarowski writes, and Jackson’s role has shrunk since the arrival of Dion Waiters. Jackson believed he had been traded to the Knicks in that deal that brought Waiters to Oklahoma City before realizing that wasn’t the case, and the Knicks have reportedly been likely to try to trade for him again. The Kings and Thunder have apparently held preliminary talks about Jackson, while the Bucks and Heat seem to have interest, too.
Durant reportedly hasn’t been enamored with Jackson, and teams around the league have been expecting the Thunder to deal the combo guard. Jackson made it clear before the season that he’d like to start at point guard, which won’t happen with Russell Westbrook around. Jackson, Mintz and the Thunder failed to come to terms on an extension before the October 31st deadline, and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported around that time that teams around the league thought he’d command offers of $13-14MM this summer. Oklahoma City is above the tax threshold for this season, and concerns about the tax for this year and beyond are apparently what have rival teams believing the Thunder will ultimately deal Jackson before the deadline.