Jackson spent last season in San Antonio, but the Spurs unexpectedly cut him in April right before the playoffs began.
The Clippers will be the eighth team for whom Jackson has played in his career, following up stops in Golden State, San Antonio, Indiana, Charlotte, Atlanta, New Jersey, and Milwaukee. He has averaged 15.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists over the course of his 14-year career.
Early Monday morning, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that the Clippers were interested in signing Jackson, who was once a top-notch scorer. Over the past couple of years, though, he has been a bench player for the Spurs and the Bucks and has shot only 37.4 percent from the field and 27.9 percent from three over that stretch.
At the moment, the Clippers are desperate for wings. J.J. Redick is out for a while longer with a broken hand. Matt Barnes hasn’t shown much promise in returning from his eye injury. Meanwhile, Reggie Bullock sprained an ankle Sunday against the Cavaliers. Clipper wings are going down like flies and the organization basically had to go out and sign someone at least to provide a stopgap until the team returns back to full health.
Jackson might not be the scorer he used to be, but he’s still a smart defensive player, who would likely be able to help the Clippers’ second unit on the defensive side of the ball. Defense is something that’s been a problem for the Clippers’ lineups that are dominated by bench players, though the D has actually gotten incrementally better since Antawn Jamison has taken over as the third big man.
Jackson will be the 15th man on the Clippers’ now completely filled roster. That means if the Clippers are still interested in signing Lamar Odom, with whom they have been rumored to be in talks for weeks, they would have to release someone from the current roster. That could mean Maalik Wayns goes. It could mean someone else does. It could mean that Odom is no longer a possibility for the Clips.
The laundry list of injuries at the wing has put the Clippers in quite the predicament: Do they worry about the short-term ramifications of not having enough wings or prioritize the lack of depth they have had in the frontcourt all season? For now, it seems they have chosen to fix the issues on the wing. It’s possible they mend the roster more down the line – heck, maybe it’s likely – but they can no longer bring someone else onto the team without making a corresponding move. The roster is full. But now, at least they have a little more help at a thin position.
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