After much speculation and a different assortment of confirmation from media outlets, the Los Angeles Clippers officially announce the signing of Stephen Jackson (likely a non-guaranteed deal for the veterans minimum). Here is the press release they sent out to confirm the pick-up.
The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that they have signed free agent forward Stephen Jackson. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Jackson, 35, joins the Clippers after spending the 2012-13 season with San Antonio, where he averaged 6.2 points 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 19.5 minutes per game in 55 games for the Spurs.
A veteran of 13 NBA seasons with New Jersey, San Antonio, Atlanta, Indiana, Golden State, Charlotte and Milwaukee, Jackson has appeared in 849 career games (676 starts) and brings career averages of 15.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.3 steals in 32.1 minutes per game to the Clippers.
Jackson was a member of the 2003 NBA Champion Spurs and has appeared in 72 career playoff games, averaging 13.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 33.6 minutes per game.
Originally drafted by the Phoenix Suns with the 42nd overall pick in the second round of the 1997 NBA Draft, he made his NBA debut during the 2000-01 season with the New Jersey Nets where he appeared in 77 games (40 starts) and averaged 8.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 21.6 minutes per game.
A native of Port Arthur, TX, Jackson has been named NBA Player of the Week twice and was a recipient of the NBA’s Community Assist Award for the month of March.
Here is a photo via the Clippers official Instagram page of Captain Jack signing his new contract:
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