On Monday evening, the Thunder announced that they have waived PG/SG Frank Jackson.
Frank Jackson entered the draft after his Freshman year at Kentucky, being selected 31st in the 2017 draft by the New Orleans Pelicans. Jackson missed the entirety of the 17-18 season with multiple foot injuries, but played in a total of 120 games in his next two years with Pelicans. In those games he averaged 7.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.1 assists, shooting 42.2% from the field and 31.9% from three, in 16.4 minutes a game. After his 3rd year with the team, the Pelicans elected to decline his team option, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Frank Jackson signed with the Thunder late last month on a 2-year minimum contract, that included $250,000 guaranteed.
Jackson appeared in all three of the Thunder’s preseason games, averaging 12.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.0 assist in 20.1 minutes per game. Jackson shot a a combined 14/28 from the field in the preseason, and went 6/12 from three.
Jackson, age 22, will have a real shot to make another teams NBA roster. As his bright performances in the preseason should be enough for teams to give him a second chance in the league.
For the Thunder, they have dwindled down their roster from 18 players to 15 in the past week. The Thunder will not have to cut any more players from the roster, as they have met the league requirement of having a 15-man roster.