The summer windfall continues for NBA free agents, as teams continue to offer historically lavish contracts to the best available players.
Not the Reggie Jackson. The other Reggie Jackson.
The Reggie Jackson -- Reginald Martinez Jackson -- was a 14-time Major League Baseball All-Star and member of five World Series champions. He was a legitimate rock star in his prime and was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot in 1993.
He had a candy bar named after him, for goodness sake.
The other Reggie Jackson -- Reginald Shon Jackson -- is a solid NBA player who backed up Russell Westbrook with the Oklahoma City Thunder for most of his first four pro seasons. He's a zero-time All-Star who has yet to start more than 40 games in a season. ESPN.com's Tom Haberstroh describes him as "a point guard outside the top 15 at his position who has shown no ability to hit the 3 with any kind of consistency."
The Reggie Jackson received less than $10 million in salary -- adjusted for inflation to approximately $25.4 million -- over the course of his 21-year playing career.
The other Reggie Jackson, as we mentioned earlier, will earn $80 million guaranteed over the next five seasons.
This information leads us to two conclusions:
1.) Reginald Martinez Jackson was severely underpaid, even after baseball's era of free agency began in the mid-1970s.
2.) Reginald Shon Jackson was wise to sign that contract as quickly as his fingers would let him.