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Report: Clippers close to adding Stephen Jackson to roster

Dec 9, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

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J.J. Redick is out with a broken hand. Matt Barnes is out following surgery to repair a retinal tear in his left eye. Reggie Bullock is out with a sprained ankle.

All this has left the Los Angeles Clippers short bodies on the wing, so they may bring in veteran Stephen Jackson to fill the gap, reports ESPN’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne.

Sources told ESPN.com that Jackson, who has been searching for a new team since his sudden release by the Spurs shortly before last season’s playoffs in April, has emerged as a prime candidate for the Clippers to sign as early as this week after a series of injuries have decimated L.A.’s depth….

Former Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns guard Shannon Brown has also been mentioned as a potential target, but Jackson has the sort of size, 3-point shooting range and playoff résumé that could well appeal to Rivers as the Clippers search to fill the void.

Jackson did not play well last season in San Antonio — he averaged 6.2 points a game on 37.3 percent shooting, hit 27.1 percent from three, and had a PER of 8.1. Throw in the disagreement with Gregg Popovich about his role and he was shown the door.

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Which is to say, not sure he helps the Clippers all that much, but they are in the “beggars can’t be choosers” category now thanks to the injuries.

Capt. Jack has reportedly kept himself in shape while in Texas, hoping for this phone call. The Clippers could make room to sign both Jackson and Lamar Odom, who they have been in contact with to provide depth up front. However, if the Odom move happens it is expected to be into next year first.

  1. spursareold - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Stephen Jackson has a fork stuck in him. If the Clips are looking for short term wings, they’d be better served grabbing someone out of the dleague to eat a few minutes. They can’t be much worse than the corpse of Jack’s career, and who knows? You might strike gold and find a development prospect.

    I’ll leave you with a parable:

    The Scorpion and the Frog

    A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the
    scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The
    frog asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion
    says, “Because if I do, I will die too.”

    The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream,
    the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of
    paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown,
    but has just enough time to gasp “Why?”

    Replies the scorpion: “Its my nature…”

  2. 00maltliquor - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    SOMEBODY needed to bring him back! He’s not done just yet, good to have him back.

    • redbaronx - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      @00maltliquor – How much more “done” does he have to be? He was always a problematic player, and now he’s not that effective, and hasn’t been for a few years now,the only team willing to pick him up is the one that’s desperate after losing three players at the same position.

      • pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        It’s amazing what a change of scenery can do. And he can defend and shoot…something none of their wing players can do besides Barnes, who can’t stay healthy.

        I wouldn’t be surprised to see him help the Clips a lot…

      • redbaronx - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:31 PM

        @pbtunpaidwriter – He can shoot, but the question is can he still get his shot off…..that tends to happen with age and declining skills.

    • bougin89 - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      IDK, Malt. Stephen Jackson at this point is a whole lot of attitude and not much actual production.

      • 00maltliquor - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        I know he’s old and not THAT S Jax anymore, but to have at the end of the bench for insurance purposes or even just for bench depth is a good addition. Plus he’s always been one of my favorite players, so that’s where that comes from. I think he gets more crap then he should because of his perception, sometimes it’s warranted albeit,but the dudes a rider and a warrior who would put himself on the line for his teammates. I love a guy like that.

      • Wammy Giveaway - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        They’ll need his attitude. Blake Griffin is still afraid of getting himself ejected from a game because he cares too much about his nice guy persona. He doesn’t want his image ruined, and if he does get tossed, he’ll lose his basketball powers to the point he becomes an expendable trade piece. In fact, he’d rather let his teammates do the ejections for him (see the Matt Barnes-Serge Ibaka scuffle from November).

        Griffin needs to face his fear. Did you see how Andrea Bargnani talked trash against Kevin Garnett throughout the Knicks-Nets game last week? His ejection was a good one, for Kevin Garnett played horrible, leading New York to blow out Brooklyn by 30 points. Remember the phrasing, “Nice guys lose games. Bad boys win championships.”

      • bougin89 - Dec 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        I would agree with you if that’s the kind of attitude that Jackson could actually bring but being a malcontent in the locker room isn’t the same as the attitude you described.

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