The Los Angeles Clippers are inking Reggie Jackson to a deal after the point guard agrees to a buyout with the Pistons.
Jackson has spent five-plus seasons in Detroit. He inked a five-year, $80M deal with the club back in 2015 and this year was the final year of that pact.
The Lakers also had an interest in Reggie Jackson, hoping to secure the point guard’s services.
The Clippers have an open roster spot, so no corresponding move will be needed to bring on Jackson. In fact, Los Angeles was required to bring on a player by this Saturday in order to meet league requirements, as Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors relays.
The team had an interest in Darren Collison, who likely would have filled a similar role with the club. Collison opted to stay retired and now, Jackson will give the Clippers another distributor.
Los Angeles Clippers’ Starting Lineup
- PG Patrick Beverly
- SG Paul George
- SF Kawhi Leonard
- PF Marcus Morris
- C Ivica Zubac
The long-term starting lineup will likely remain unchanged after the Jackson addition. However, with Patrick Beverley currently on the shelf and Paul George nursing a hamstring injury, Jackson could find himself in the starting lineup for the time being.
- PG Lou Williams
- PG Reggie Jackson
- SG Laundry Shamet
- SG Amir Coffey (two-way)
- SG Terance Mann
- SF Rodney McGruder
It’s unclear exactly what kind of impact Jackson, who has dealt with a back ailment for much of this season, will bring to the Clippers. When the team is fully healthy (not a given), He could pair with Williams in the backcourt, giving Los Angeles another distributor off the bench.
Landry Shamet will likely see all point guard duties reduced, though he could easily play just as much off the ball. It’ll be interesting to see how it all shakes out.
- C Montrezl Harrell
- C Mfiondu Kabengele
- PF JaMychal Green
- PF Patrick Patterson
- PF Johnathan Motley (two-way)
What’s Next for Lakers, Clippers?
The Clippers could make another move and had an interest in Evan Turner, though it’s unclear if that interest remains after the team agreed to bring Jackson on board. The 6’6″ wing has playoff experience, playing a role for Boston and Portland previously. The former No. 2 overall appeared in just 19 games for Atlanta this season and it’s unclear whether he can be that same player for a team during this upcoming postseason.
Turner joined Atlanta before the season with the franchise hoping that he could be their answer behind Trae Young as a facilitator off the bench. He never really gelled into that backup point guard role and the team traded for Jeff Teague to man the position (and eventually dealt Turner to Minnesota).
Isaiah Thomas is another name on the market, though he seems more like a fit for the Lakers than Clippers now that Jackson is on Doc Rivers’ squad. IT played alongside LBJ briefly during the King’s final season in Cleveland before the team traded him to the Lakers.
This year, Thomas’ stint with the Wizards was short-lived. He appeared in 40 games for Washington, scoring 12.2 points per game, before he was traded to the Clippers in a three-team, trade deadline deal. Los Angeles waived him upon arrival.