Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 at 11:45 am  |  26 responses

LA Clippers to Sign Stephen Jackson

by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

Head coach Doc Rivers confirmed reports that the LA Clippers were close to inking 35-year old Stephen Jackson.

Jackson posted a photo of himself on Instagram wearing a Clippers jersey, and it’s only a matter of time until the veteran forward signs on the dotted line.

Per the LA Times:

After saying earlier Monday the Clippers weren’t going to sign “anybody today or probably even” Tuesday, Coach Doc Rivers said later the team was “close” to a deal with free-agent swingman Stephen Jackson. Jackson is expected to join the Clippers in Boston on Tuesday to sign a contract and take a physical.

“We need him in a pinch and we need him like now,” Rivers said. “And that’s a guy that you can bring in and hopefully he can give you something right away with Reggie [Bullock] being out for at least this trip and maybe longer.” Bullock is out because of a sprained left ankle. The Clippers are without shooting guard J.J. Redick, who will be out at least six to eight weeks because of a broken right hand. Backup small forward Matt Barnes will be out even longer than expected because he had a second procedure on his left retina last week. He is not expected to join the team on this trip, which has three games left.

Following an ugly exit from the San Antonio Spurs last season, the ever-defiant Jackson will ink a non-guaranteed deal for the veteran’s minimum of $1.3 million that will be prorated. Rivers hopes that S-Jax can provide the Clippers with some shooting, defense, and above all, toughness.

The NBA is always a little more interesting (and crazier) when Stephen Jackson is involved. Welcome back, Cap’n Jack.

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  • RyanDeahn

    Insert non related basketball incident here. Serious note will bring toughness leadership and outside shooting to a team that needs all three.

  • dannyb

    Good signing. A lot of teams are going to regret not picking him up. Any team that has to play against Jackson and Barnes (when he gets back) will be pretty intimidated.

  • Rig Veda

    Why? Too much pride, under performed, Cap’n Choke! If coach Pop can’t handle him, who do you think can? Money mattered to him, not the Clippers. Clippers do not want more drama than they already have. More distraction!

  • spit hot fiyah

    so sterling is ’bout that life?

  • JML-G

    very good move imo. hope they get LO too!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you do realize Pop won a title with him as the teams 3rd leading scorer don’t you?

    and Pop actually really likes Jackson, the issue was just they didn’t have a rotation spot for him, and Jackson expected to not only be a significant part of the team last season, but he also expected to get a 2 year deal, rather than 1. The release from the team was mutual. And it hardly caused more than a small headache.

  • Rig Veda

    It was 10 years ago that they won a title with him and the Spurs won two more afterward without him. I just think why would you want more headache. How about having Jamal Crawford step up?

  • pposse

    JC wont step up

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Jamal Crawford is a terrible defender, who only helps the offense when he’s on a roll. Other than that, he’s a shoot first liability who takes possessions away from Chris Paul.

  • brothasdontsurf

    get them checks

  • underdog

    Match made in heaven.

  • Mariano

    You do realize that he caused way more than a “small headache”, right? Jackson was completely out of shape, his offense was horrible and defense was atrocious. All that after claiming that he didn’t work out during the offseason! Not only that, but he started complaining about playing time and his contract. The only reason why you think it was a “small headache” was because the Spurs prevented it from becoming a big one by getting rid of him.

  • Mariano

    He was terrible in his last stint in SA. He was truly one of the worst rotation wings in the league last season. I’ve always loved Jak, but this guy made it really tough to like him last season.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    did you really just start your comment like this,

    “You do realize that he caused way more than a “small headache”, right?”

    only to end it like this,

    (take out the first part of the sentence because it’s unnecessary)
    “it was a “small headache” was because the Spurs prevented it from becoming a big one by getting rid of him.”

    i don’t need to reply to your comment….you get it. i never said he didn’t cause a problem. and i never said it why it wasn’t a big deal. it just wasn’t.
    they won the West, had barely a hiccup when the Jackson drama went down (the first time, the second time it was nothing but a news story, he wasn’t even with the team anyway).

  • Cortez Mack

    Exactly. The dispute was not because they could not “control” Jackson.

    The Spurs simply had a difference of opinion on what Jackson place should be in the rotation.

    …I agreed with the Spurs coaching staff and he will be a good fit for the Clippers. Those two things are not mutually exclusive.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    right, and Jackson, while understandably unhappy about it, acknowledged and understood himself why it had to happen. it really wasn’t a big deal. Outside of what happened in Indiana, he has been a freaking great teammate (even though he was trying to be a great teammate in Indiana, ultimately, what he did hurt everyone).

  • dannyb

    I heard a very different story, incl. from an interview with Jax. The story I heard was that Jax was upset that he wasn’t getting playing time. He was being really aggressive in practice and trying to intimidate the younger players, like Kawhi. They released him bc he definitely was a big headache.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Jax was upset he wasn’t getting playing time. And he was upset that pop told him Manu Ginobili and Danny Green were better players. But the problem wasn’t something that came out of the blue, the team considered releasing him at the All Star Break. That’s really when he was a “headache” — after that, it was off and on, ending with his inevitable release. But the problematic part of it came within the media. In the Spurs locker room is was more, a basketball player (Stephen Jackson) thinks he’s better than he is, and the team can’t keep him around if he won’t accept reality. So he was let go. There was never any incidents, and it didn’t hurt the teams performance. I think by definition, in a team sport, that is the definition of a minor headache.

  • RyanDeahn

    Replace lob city T’s with that quote.

  • vannshy
  • Dfrance

    That was pretty gangsta by the Mamba I can’t front. He can’t fight worth a d@mn, but he’s no punk thats for sure.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    you have be zoned out from everything to no have reflexes.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    you have be zoned out from everything to no have reflexes.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    intimidate kahwi. nah dont buy it not possible

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    intimidate kahwi. nah dont buy it not possible

  • http://the-benchwarmer.com/ TheBenchwarmer

    For a team whose crunch time lineup consists of Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford… and Chris Paul, a proven big game ‘role’ player is much needed. Could Captain Jack give the Clippers some of the toughness they’ve been missing?