Reggie Jackson, Kendrick Perkins traded from Oklahoma City Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY – A few familiar faces will no longer be a part of the Oklahoma City Thunder organization.
On Thursday, officials announced that point guard Reggie Jackson had been traded to the Detroit Pistons.
Jackson, who is a backup behind Russell Westbrook, has seen quite a bit of play time this season following a series of injuries.
Jackson has made it clear that he wants to be the starting point guard, but does not have that opportunity with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
He failed to reach a contract extension with the Thunder last year, meaning he would become a restricted free agent in July.
This season, Jackson is averaging 12.8 points, four rebounds and four assists a game.
In 2011, Jackson was a first round draft pick out of Boston College.
In exchange, Oklahoma City will receive guard D.J. Augustin and forward Kyle Singler.
Augustin averages 10.6 points per game, while Singler averages 7.1 points a game.
Also, center Enes Kanter will be headed from the Utah Jazz to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Kanter averages 13.8 points a game and 7.8 rebounds.
In addition, forward Steve Novak will be headed to OKC.
Kendrick Perkins will be sent to the Jazz in exchange for Kanter.
While Jackson was happy about the move, Kendrick Perkins was more pensive, reflecting on his time in Oklahoma City.
While Perk and Reggie clearly had different feelings about the trade, Oklahoma City Thunder General Manager Sam Presti wanted both players to know that they were appreciated.
“It is important that we all thank Kendrick Perkins for his contributions to the organization. He had a direct impact on the trajectory of our team and helped us grow immeasurably in ways that will be felt years to come. We also want to thank Reggie Jackson for his contributions and wish him the best of luck as he starts the next phase of his career…”
Right now, analysts are praising Oklahoma City’s trade, saying the Thunder received several veteran shooters that can add depth to the bench.
“We’re extremely pleased to welcome Enes, Steve, D.J. and Kyle. We feel we have added talent, toughness and commitment to our roster and we are excited about the depth and versatility these additions provide,” Presti said in a press release Thursday.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.