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Reggie Jackson apparently refused to play for Oklahoma City Thunder before trade

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Reggie Jackson was traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder an hour or so before before the deadline struck yesterday.

But despite losing a rather good player off their rotation, it doesn't seem like head coach Scott Brooks or any of Jackson's former teammates will be to sad to see the point guard go to the Detroit Pistons.

According to reports from ESPN, when Jackson wasn't traded earlier in the season, he refused to play in a game despite being completely healthy.

Refusal to Play

"In their third game, the Nov. 1 home opener against the Nuggets, Jackson was cleared to play, but according to a source, refused to because of disappointment that he wasn’t traded before the Oct. 31 extension deadline for first-round picks entering their fourth season, like Harden before him."

"Jackson spoke at shootaround that morning, coyly saying he probably wouldn’t play that night. Immediately after finishing his session, he grabbed a ball and threw down an impressive drop-step windmill dunk — in front of reporters and his teammates," Royce Evans added.

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This was when both Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant were out with injury and the Thunder really needed Jackson to step in for them and play starting minutes. Of course they weren't going to trade him, and if this is true then it shows an alarming lack of maturity from Jackson.

Harking back to what was mentioned before about Jackson's former teammates not really missing him, well this is what Kevin Durant tweeted when it was revealed that Jackson and another OKC player - Kendrick Perkins - had been traded away from the team.

Durant has yet to make any mention of Jackson's departure on any of his social media accounts. And for what it's worth, it doesn't seem like Jackson is that bothered, seeing as he tweeted this at the news he was leaving a title contender for a Pistons team that will struggle to make the playoffs.

When Jackson did finally make his season debut against the Brooklyn Nets in November, Thunder teammates Serge Ibaka and Perkins were visibly annoyed and frustrated with the point guard, refusing to pass him the ball and freezing him out of the game at some points.

Let's hope he doesn't rub his new teammates in Detroit up the wrong way like he apparently did in Oklahoma, or it might not be too long before Reggie Jackson's on his way again.

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