This is more of a formality than anything, but Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman reported yesterday that the Oklahoma City Thunder exercised options on Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones.
The Thunder has exercised its 4th-year option on Reggie Jackson’s contract and 3rd-year options on Jeremy Lamb’s and Perry Jones’ contracts.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 25, 2013
One of the most valuable commodities in the NBA is a player on a rookie contract so you always want to keep guys on those deals for as long as possible, especially if you are OKC who is counting pennies.
What will be interesting with these rookies is down the road, how much they develop, and what kind of money they will demand once they get past their rookie deals.
Jackson is already showing a lot of potential that could make him a player that may leave OKC to get paid elsewhere.
Lamb and Jones are still very much unknown and have a lot of years left on their contracts too.
The formula the Thunder are counting on to stay under the luxury tax and be able to keep their big three of Durant, Westbrook and Ibaka is partly to surround them with talented, young players on rookie deals and veterans who are willing to take pay cuts.
That might mean that OKC will not be holding on to the guys they draft once their rookie deals are done, and instead will look to replace them with more draft picks.