Reggie Jackson is coming up to an important cross roads in his career right about now.
The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard just rejected a contract extension from Sam Hinkie and co in October and looks set to hit restricted free agency in the summer to see how much money he can get.
And with Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook out at the moment, Jackson is starring in place. This has lead to backing from James Harden, who is urging Jackson to do what he did and potentially leave OKC.
Back in 2012, Harden rejected multiple offers from the Thunder and ended up being traded to the Houston Rockets so that OKC wouldn't lose him for nothing. And now, two years after his move, Harden believes the same would be good for Jackson.
“I fell into the same situation, and that could have been my only contract And I’m sure Reggie feels the same way,” Harden told The Oklahoman.
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“He has to get the money that he’s earned and that he’s worked his whole life for. It’s the nature of the business. It’s going to happen every single year and it’s going to continue to happen,” the shooting guard added.
The Thunder generally don;t tend to let their better first round picks get anywhere near free agency. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka all signed nice contract extensions long before they were ever going to hit the market and seem to be tied up for the future.
Harden was the only real star who has refused to accept a new deal and he was shipped out. It will be interesting to see if the Thunder do the same thing with Jackson.
It's not as if teams won't be interested in the lightning quick guard out of Boston College. The 24-year old Jackson - who was born in Italy - has been on fire this season in the absence of Durant and Westbrook, taking on the burden of the offense and shining, with an average of 22.8 points, 7.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 41.7 minutes per game this year.