Mar 24, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs small forward Stephen Jackson (3) looks to pass against the Houston Rockets during the first half at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency Rumors: Does Stephen Jackson make sense for OKC Thunder?


The one thing we know for sure about the Oklahoma City Thunder this summer is that they are trying to add another player. And they’d like that player to be someone who can be a contributor come playoff time.

Mike Miller is the big name the Thunder are after right now and if they don’t get him, Derek Fisher is likely the next choice for OKC to bring back.

David Aldridge of NBA.com thinks Stephen Jackson may be a potential good fit.

“… It occurs to me that a team like Oklahoma City, which needs a perimeter player in the worst way after losing Kevin Martin (who was supposed to replace James Harden, after all), should really be looking at a vet like Steven Jackson,” Aldridge writes today. “Isn’t a guy like Jack, who’s been in a million playoff games, and made a bunch of big playoff shots, exactly what a team like OKC could use when things get tough in the playoffs and defenses load up on Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook? And Jackson certainly knows this is not the year for him to break the bank financially. Better to sign a minimum tender with a contender like the Thunder and come back next summer in a much stronger negotiating position. Isn’t that the definition of a ‘win-win’ for both the player and the team?”

The Thunder are definitely in the market for another perimeter player, and preferably a wing to help replace Kevin Martin.

Jeremy Lamb could very well be that guy but if Scott Brooks isn’t prepared to hand over 25 minutes per game to Lamb, then a veteran like Jackson may be a good move too.

The most the Thunder can offer anyone is the minimum. So if Jackson has options and doesn’t see the Thunder as a destination that can get him the closest to another title, it may not be possible.

The Thunder haven’t come out and expressed any interest in Jackson yet either. It’s merely an observation by a great NBA writer that it may be a mutually good fit.

If the Thunder land Miller or decide to bring back Fisher, it’s very unlikely they’d look at Jackson or any other free agent this summer for that matter.

But if those fall through and the Thunder are still searching for another player, Jackson may pop up on the Thunder’s radar.

I’d be all for Captain Jack coming to town. More so than Miller or Fisher. Jackson can still contribute at a very high level and has really mastered being a role player around stars, which was evident with his time spent in San Antonio.

I’ve always felt like the Thunder have been a little thin at the wing position. Jackson would bring defensive toughness, three-point shooting and a high basketball IQ to a team that could use all of those things.

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  • guest

    LOL, I can see it now, SJ and Serge Ibaka free for all. after all SJ was the one that tweeted he would hit Ibaka in the mouth after the “blake griffin” incident. I don’t think SJ fits the “character” mode that the Thunder has.