Tuesday, the Clippers issued a press release stating that 13-season NBA veteran Stephen Jackson had been waived. Over the course of nine games, Jackson averaged 1.7 points and 1.1 rebounds in just under 12 minutes of action per game. With J.J. Redick and Reggie Bullock on the mend, L.A.’s wing rotation is undoubtedly thin but the return of Matt Barnes relegated S-Jax into garbage time territory.
The motive behind this move was two-fold: The Clippers narrowly avoided guaranteeing Jackson’s minimum deal by releasing him on deadline day and immediately used the open roster spot to re-sign backup point guard Maalik Wayns to a 10-day contract.
Maalik Wayns, Solomon Jones and Seth Curry have all CLEARED waivers. Wayns headed back to Clips on 10-day deal; stay tuned on Curry & Grizz
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 7, 2014
Expect the Clippers to stay active over the next two weeks. At this stage of the season, a team can sign any free agent to two separate 10-day contract’s before determining whether to guaranteed a contract for the remainder of the season. So, despite the fact that the Clippers have momentarily maxed out their roster at 15 players, they retain flexibility with 13 guaranteed contracts.
L.A.’s frontcourt has remained relatively healthy this season but depth concerns have persisted since season’s tip-off. Suffice it to say, some sort of upgrade has been expected for a deep playoff run. Here are some potential candidates rumored being looked at:
- Andrew Bynum, who was traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Chicago Bulls on Monday, has been waived by the Bulls for cap relief.
- Hedo Turkoglu, who is eyeing an NBA return, could provide depth at both forward spots. As potentially explosive as Blake Griffin the point forward could be, Turkoglu could provide much-needed ball-handling relief in Paul’s absence.
- Sasha Vujacic, another former NBA player eyeing a return, provides floor spacing and backcourt depth but with Jamal Crawford and Willie Green in the fold, the Clippers are better suited to look for help in other areas.
- Names like Jason Collins and Lamar Odom have been floating around for a few months. The former would provide some needed defensive help for the second unit and the latter, while inconsistent, could immediately step in again and be the Clippers’ best big man pick-and-roll defender.