The Los Angeles Clippers have officially re-signed Reggie Jackson, the team announced on Wednesday.
According to reports, it’s a two-year deal worth $22 million.
“Reggie elevates our team with his energy, his confidence, and his ability to be at his best in the biggest moments,” said the president of basketball operations, Lawrence Frank. “He was an important part of our team last season, and he will continue to be going forward.”
The 31-year-old Jackson resurrected his career in Los Angeles. Last season, he averaged 10.7 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game, shooting a career-high 43.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Jackson stepped up in the playoffs. He averaged 17.8 points, 3.4 assists, and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 40.8 percent from three. During the postseason, Jackson ranked second in the NBA in total three-pointers made (58) and 10th in total points (338) and plus-minus (+107).
The 10-year veteran holds career averages of 12.6 points, 4.2 assists, and 2.9 rebounds in 628 appearances across 10 NBA seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Detroit Pistons, and Clippers.
Jackson was huge for the Clippers in the playoffs, so re-signing him was a no-brainer for Los Angeles.
The L.A. Clippers have signed free agent guard Reggie Jackson, the team announced today.
“Reggie is a proven playmaker and scorer, and we are looking forward to adding his experience and creativity to our team,” said Frank.
Jackson, 29, appeared in 14 games for the Detroit Pistons this season, averaging 14.9 points, 5.1 assists, and 2.9 rebounds in 27.2 minutes. The 6’3″, 208-pound guard holds career averages of 12.9 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.0 rebounds in 544 appearances across eight NBA seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Detroit.
On the surface, it would seem the Lakers might have been a better fit for Jackson. With the Lakers, he probably would have gotten a decent amount of minutes, but with the Clippers, those minutes won’t be guaranteed. Jackson will have to battle Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, and Landry Shamet for minutes. With the Lakers, Jackson would have to battle it out with Rajon Rondo and Alex Caruso, so it’s clear that the better opportunity for him was with the Lakers
Jackson to the Clippers probably should have been Jackson to the Lakers, but maybe he knows something that we do not. We shall see.