Report: Thunder nearly traded Reggie Jackson to Nuggets

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Ever since the Thunder traded for Dion Waiters, Reggie Jackson has come up in trade rumors.

It seems Oklahoma City nearly found a deal for the point guard.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:

I’m often leery of reports like this. It takes two sides to make a trade, and with a single cited source – even if that source knows and is revealing one team’s perspective – can Isola really know how the other team felt?

Unless the Nuggets were trading Ty Lawson as part of a bigger deal, it’s difficult to see how Jackson would fit in Denver. Did the Nuggets plan to use both together in a two-point guard backcourt? Jackson will be a restricted free agent this summer, and he’s likely to draw an offer that makes him too expensive to be a backup.

That said, the Nuggets have no shortage of talented players they could have sent to Oklahoma City, including Arron Afflalo and Wilson Chandler. The Thunder appear to be aggressively seeking roster upgrades.

I buy that Jackson will likely be traded before the deadline. The Thunder apparently want Waiters as their primary reserve guard, so Jackson is probably the asset they’d dangle as they attempt to make a run to and through the playoffs.