Los Angeles, CA - According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Los Angeles Clippers are looking at Stephen Jackson and likely will sign him in the coming week. Jackson played with the San Antonio Spurs last season and has been very vocal that he can still play at a high level. The Clippers have been searching for depth with injuries to J.J. Redick, Matt Barnes, and Reggie Bullock.
Last season with the Spurs, Jackson averaged 6.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game in 19.5 minutes. He is still able to score the basketball well and would also be a good veteran pickup. The Clippers wouldn’t need him to play a lot of minutes, but he would definitely see the court on a nightly basis for a few minutes of relief.
The Clippers have been linked to Lamar Odom quite often, but they don’t believe that he would be able to fill the need that they currently have. Jackson has been working out and staying in shape and is ready to play whenever a team decides to offer him a contract. Shannon Brown is another name that has been mentioned as a potential player that the Clippers could consider, but Jackson has the size and shooting ability that L.A. prefers.
Jackson is currently 35 years old and will be playing in his 17th NBA season if he does indeed get signed. The veteran presence would not be a bad thing to have on the roster either, especially as the postseason continues to draw closer. At one point in time, Jackson was considered an above average defender, and despite his age he still can contribute on that side of the basketball as well.
Reports have been swirling that the Clippers will likely sign Jackson within the next week. Injuries have been piling up for L.A. and even Doc Rivers has been vocal about wanting and even needing to sign another player. Jackson likely would sign for a veteran’s minimum contract.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Hoops-Nation. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.