(LOS ANGELES) — Stephen Jackson thought his NBA career was over, but now he finds himself California Dreamin’.
The Los Angeles Clippers announced Tuesday that they’ve signed the veteran forward to a one-year deal. Jackson spent last season with the San Antonio Spurs, averaging 6.2 points in 19.5 minutes per game in 55 appearances. The Spurs waived Jackson on April 27. and was believed to be done playing basketball until the Clippers came calling.
“I just think he’s a veteran,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “We need him in a pinch. We need him like now and that’s a guy that you can bring in and he can give you something right away with Reggie (Bullock) being out for at least this trip and maybe longer and Matt (Barnes) being out. We don’t have another three right now and he fits that bill for us.”
The 35-year-old Jackson has played 13 seasons with seven NBA teams, averaging 15.1 points in just over 32 minutes per game. He now becomes the only player on the current Clippers roster to have won an NBA championship, which he accomplished back in 2003 with the Spurs.
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