Free Agency Grades: Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder are in a new and radical rebuild. With Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as the new face of the franchise, they have the chance to be pesky on any given night, but given the litany of trades OKC has made, the franchise is clearly looking toward the future.
They only made one signing in free agency. Let’s talk about it.
Frank Jackson signs 2 year, $3.5 million deal
Drafted out of Duke by New Orleans at the beginning of the second round in 2017, Jackson didn’t suit up his first season due to ongoing foot injuries. Once he got healthy, he had to fight for minutes in a tight Pelicans guard rotation.
He showed signs that, when he was given the opportunity, he can really pla. Jackson could step into a big role in the Thunder back court if he plays consistently.
OKC brought in a young, talented player for cheap. That will always get a good grade.
The Thunder again are in rebuild mode and he is a skilled young guard with a fresh start that can’t get any brighter for him.
Bonus – The Steven Adams Trade
Even though Adams was a non-All-Star center on a hefty expiring contract as a trade chip, he ranks fifth all-time in Thunder franchise history in blocks and first in field goal percentage. He meant more to the team than the numbers show and will be a valuable asset for the Pelicans. OKC was not going to let him leave and get nothing in return. All things considering, they reeled back another haul.
GM Sam Presti added to his incredible collection of draft picks, landing a lottery-protected first from the Nuggets and two seconds from the Pelicans via the Wizards and Hornets. George Hill, Darius Miller and Kenrich Williams also came in return.