Wednesday February 18th, 2015

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson asked the team for a trade earlier this month through his agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports.

Jackson, 24, will be a restricted free agent this summer and told the team he would not want to return if they match a contract offer from another team.

Wojnarowski reports Thunder general manager Sam Presti has listened to offers for Jackson, but did not promise him that he would be dealt before the deadline. Before the season, Presti called Jackson a "core member" of the team. The Thunder have previously traded James Harden and Jeff Green before they could enter restricted free agency.

• Report: Celtics 'dark-horse' to acquire Suns' Goran Dragic

Jackson declined to discuss Wojnarowski's report on Wednesday.

The No. 24 pick in the 2011 draft, Jackson had a 32-point game in the first round of the playoffs last season to lead the Thunder past the Grizzlies. With Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant out of the lineup earlier this season, Jackson averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 assists and 5.2 rebounds in 13 starts.

The Thunder acquired guard Dion Waiters last month and Jackson's playing time has dwindled. In his last 18 games, Jackson has averaged 8.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists in just 20.0 minutes per game.

• Report: Pistons have interest in Nets' Joe Johnson

Oklahoma won five of its last six games before the All-Star break to pull within a half-game of the Phoenix Suns for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. The Thunder host the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday.

- Paul Palladino

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