Frank Jackson 'always been enamored' with OKC Thunder
When Frank Jackson was looking for the right fit this offseason, Oklahoma City made the most sense. There was an opportunity to play given the roster shakeup, and Jackson was familiar with the front office.
The Thunder was one of the few teams Jackson interviewed with before the 2017 NBA draft.
"I know I’ve been on their radar for a little bit," Jackson said. "My agent’s done a good job of keeping in touch with them. It just so happens that the cards, they were laid right here."
The Thunder signed Jackson on Friday, three and a half years after passing on the former Duke guard in the draft. The Thunder selected Terrance Ferguson, recently traded to the 76ers, with the 21st pick that year.
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Jackson went 31st, traded from Charlotte to New Orleans on draft night.
"It’s a team I’ve always been enamored with from the moment I stepped foot in here," Jackson said of the Thunder. "It’s always been in the back of my mind, most definitely. To be here now, it’s a blessing."
After missing the entire 2017-18 season due to multiple surgeries on his right foot, Jackson averaged 7.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in his first two seasons with the Pelicans. He shot 42.2% from the field and 31.9% from 3-point range.
Jackson's role was reduced from his rookie to sophomore season, but he played his best basketball during the bubble restart. The 6-foot-3 guard scored a career-high 31 points in New Orleans' last regular season game.
The Thunder targeted Jackson this offseason after the Pelicans chose not to extend him a qualifying offer.
"He's obviously a guy that has a great force to his game," Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. "He's a good athlete, he's got speed, he's strong. And he's a guy that pays attention and wants to learn. We're excited about working with him here."