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OKC Thunder finalizes roster by waiving Frank Jackson

The Thunder finalized its 17-man roster Monday night by waiving 22-year-old guard Frank Jackson. 

Jackson averaged 12.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in three preseason games. The former Pelicans guard signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Thunder earlier this month. 

Waiving Jackson ensures more minutes for rookie point guard Theo Maledon, who will likely serve as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's primary backup. Hamidou Diallo and Ty Jerome will also compete for backcourt minutes off the bench. 

Monday was the last day for teams to set their rosters. The 2020-21 NBA season tips-off Tuesday, and the Thunder will open play at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Houston. 

Teams can have 15 players signed to standard contracts, and two players signed to two-way contracts. 

Thunder roster

Guards: Hamidou Diallo, Luguentz Dort, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, George Hill, Ty Jerome, Theo Maledon

Forwards: Trevor Ariza, Darius Bazley, Josh Hall (two-way), Justin Jackson, Darius Miller, Aleksej Pokusevski, Isaiah Roby, Kenrich Williams 

Centers: Moses Brown (two-way), Al Horford, Mike Muscala

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Oklahoma City's Frank Jackson shoots during the NBA preseason game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Chicago Bulls at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City,  Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Frank Jackson shoots during the NBA preseason game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Chicago Bulls at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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