With contracts becoming fully guaranteed at 5 pm yesterday, the Los Angeles Clippers made a decision to release forward Stephen Jackson.
Here is the press release from the team:
The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that they have waived forward Stephen Jackson.
Jackson was originally signed on Dec. 10 by the Clippers and appeared in nine games with the team. The forward posted averages of 1.7 points and 1.1 rebounds in 11.9 minutes.
A veteran of 13 NBA seasons with eight teams, Jackson has appeared in 858 career games (676 starts) and has career averages of 15.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.3 steals in 31.9 minutes per game.
The Clippers roster now stands at 14 players.
Doc Rivers spoke on Jackson post-release. “He was great. He was really, really great,” It was more when Chris went down we needed guards and in my opinion multiple guards.”
“We already signed one, and we’ll probably sign another in the next day. It’s just what we had to do, but Stephen was everything I needed him to be. Great attitude and great in the locker, which is something I needed from a veteran player.”
With Reggie Bullock returning, keeping Jackson around would’ve been redundant. That wasn’t the sole reason as Rivers referred to keeping the point guard position fresh in the wake of Paul’s injury, but looking at the numbers, Jackson and Bullock’s skill set and position within the rotation were awfully similar.
But releasing Captain opens the door for a possible return by way of ten-day contracts if injuries continue to pile-up at the Clippers win position. It also gives the team roster flexibility if they pursue a trade, likely for a third big man, in the near future.