The NBA trade deadline closes shortly and it appears that one Oklahoma City Thunder guard wants to get out as soon as possible.
According to reports from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson has demanded to be traded by OKC before the deadline closes on Thursday.
After starting the season so well, Jackson's form has gone straight downhill ever since, with the trade that saw Dion Waiters come in from the Cleveland Cavaliers reducing his minutes and chances on the court.
"The agent for Oklahoma City guard Reggie Jackson has asked general manager Sam Presti to trade his client before Thursday’s NBA deadline, league sources told Yahoo Sports," Woj wrote earlier today.
"CAA’s Aaron Mintz made the request in the past seven to 10 days, and several teams around the league became aware as officials probed for information on potentially dealing for Jackson," he added.
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Jackson has had a turbulent season with the Thunder to say the least. His relationship with coach Scott Brooks is at an all-time low after the 49-year old decided to diminish Jackson's role so greatly.
Despite that reduction in playing time, Jackson has managed to average 12.4 points, 4.2 assists and four rebounds for the Thunder this season. It seems he has finally hit the point of no return with OKC now.
Jackson will be an restricted free agent come the off-season so the Thunder still really hold all the cards here. He will either have to sign a one-year tender that will see him become an unrestricted free agent in 2016, or a team will need to overpay in a trade or in free agency to bring in him.
And in a league where decent point guards are plentiful, there aren't many teams barring say the LA Lakers or Sacramento Kings who are that desperate to bring in a point guard at the moment. And neither of those will be a contender like Oklahoma are any time soon.