With the Los Angeles Clippers getting healthy bodies back on the wing, it appears Stephen Jackson no longer has a place on the roster.
It’s official, the Clippers have waived Stephen Jackson.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) January 7, 2014
The decision would hardly be a surprise, as the 14th-year pro barely played since signing a non-guaranteed contract back on Dec. 9. In nine games, Jackson averaged just 1.7 points in 11.9 minutes per contest. More than his lack of production, the fact that Los Angeles has younger, more useful help on the mend makes Jackson expendable. Even when head coach Doc Rivers was toying with giving Jackson semi-regular minutes, he only did so out of necessity.
Jackson was brought in with Barnes, Redick and Bullock out. Barnes is back and Redick and Bullock may be back next week.
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) January 7, 2014
Clearly, the Clippers only brought in Jackson due to injury and lack of bench depth. Had the team kept Jackson, his contract would have been guaranteed for the remainder of the season and the Clippers would have had to pay out the entire $1,053,746 owed to Jackson.
A veteran of 13 NBA seasons with eight NBA 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.