OKC Thunder: Free agent Frank Jackson signs with club

OKC Thunder offseason: Wes Iwundu #25 shoots against Frank Jackson #15 of the Pelicans. (Photo by Kim Klement-Pool/Getty Images)
OKC Thunder offseason: Wes Iwundu #25 shoots against Frank Jackson #15 of the Pelicans. (Photo by Kim Klement-Pool/Getty Images) /

OKC Thunder add free agent point guard Frank Jackson to the continually swelling roster

As teams near the point where they’ll convene in training camps the OKC Thunder roster is swelling. The newest member is Frank Jackson whom the club signed on Tuesday, November 24th.

For the past week, Presti and his front office crew have focused on brokering deals as they restructure the roster. The core veteran group of Chris Paul, Dennis Schroder, and Steven Adams have all been traded. Notably, each of this trio was sent to a team who’ll be in the mix to win a title or to a young club expected to be in the playoff mix.

Free agents Danilo Gallinari and Nerlens Noel signed with the Hawks and Knicks respectively,

Presti’s group has focused on flipping assets as quickly as they are added to the team and that’s resulted in a rather overloaded roster.  Clearly, the veteran talents such as Danny Green, Ricky Rubio, and James Johnson were the easiest to flip.

George Hill and Trevor Ariza are likely the next vets Presti will look to flip prior to season start.  Al Horford is also in this group, however, his salary and terms likely make him the most difficult to jettison elsewhere.

Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news Frank Jackson had been added to the OKC Thunder roster.

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For those unfamiliar with the youngster, he was drafted 31st in the 2017 class by the New Orleans Pelcians. The following season the Duke product failed to make any appearances essentially suffering a red-shirt season due to ongoing foot injuries.

While the ball was typically in the hands of Holiday or Lonzo Ball this past season in New Orleans the other guards Jackson had to contend with were Nickeil Alexander-Walker, J.J. Redick, and E’Twaun Moore. That made for tight rotations and minute distribution of which Walker garnered 13.5 on average over his 59 appearances.

On those occasions, he averaged 6.3 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.0 assists. In addition, he produced shooting splits of 40.5 percent from the field, 32. 6 from deep, and 74.7 percent from the charity stripe.

Many of the players on the current roster who end up with the team when the season begins at the end of December will be afforded an opportunity to succeed and Jackson falls into that category.

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