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Sixers sign another injured player, agree to deal with Pierre Jackson

Jul 24, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

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Pierre Jackson played in both Europe and the D-League last season, and was selected in the second round of the 2013 draft by the Sixers before landing in New Orleans as a piece of the deal for Nerlens Noel.

Since the Pelicans didn’t seem to have much use for him, Jackson ended up back with the Sixers in exchange for a second round pick this year, and played on the Sixers Summer League squad in Orlando before an Achilles injury prematurely ended his campaign.

But Philadelphia liked what little they saw enough to sign Jackson to a contract for the upcoming season, despite his injured status.

From Jason Wolf of Delaware Online:

The 76ers signed former NBA Development League all-star Pierre Jackson to a partially guaranteed one-year contract Thursday, a team source confirmed, even though the guard is likely to miss the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon during an Orlando Pro Summer League game on July 5. There is no team option for a second season.

It’s great news for Jackson, obviously, and another somewhat comical decision by the Sixers, who continue to do everything they can to choose rebuilding for the future over winning in the present.

Philadelphia sat Noel for all of last season, despite the fact that Noel himself said he was 100 percent and could have played had the team allowed it. The Sixers then selected Joel Embiid in this year’s draft, who may very well similarly sit out the upcoming season.

In theory, it’s a commitment to acquiring the best players possible from a talent perspective, with a willingness to wait for them to be healthy enough to produce. In practice, it buys additional years of job security for GM Sam Hinkie and head coach Brett Brown, with no pressure to win now while expectations remain low until every last asset is able to contribute to the team’s effort, all at the same time.

  1. connorchew - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    They had go sign him to retain his draft rights..

  2. phillyfan75 - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Don’t think it’s comical that the Sixers stepped up and took care of Jackson after trading for him and then him getting hurt playing on their summer league team. They could have just kissed him goodbye with nothing.

  3. zoomy123 - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    In 3-4 years the 76ers are going to be a serious problem MCW + Embiid + Noel = watch out.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      They have some lottery picks coming up too

    • muhangis - Jul 27, 2014 at 1:30 AM

      Don’t forget Tony Wroten, man! Don’t forget about Tony Wroten! ..c’mon

      Why is it all about the draft slot to some people?

  4. mungman69 - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    This is how you build a team.

    • bkbell3 - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:09 AM

      Also in 3-4 years these guys are going to have to start getting paid. They lose one to 2 years on their rookie contracts and just when they might start to develop and start playing well you have to sign them to their next contract which for all these top picks is big dollars. But these lost years hurt their development and the teams development also and now you have to decide to pay them or not.

      • ewyorksockexchange - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        This is why the sixers have kept their cap commitments miniscule. They have $9.7 mil in committed dollars for next year (and only if Thad opts in to the final year of his contract), and $0 dollars committed after that. You have the full $70 million to play with.

        Realistically, Noel is never going to be a max type guy, he’ll be more Mutombo-like. Great shotblocker and rebounder, but not a great scorer. He isn’t going to command anywhere near max money. Saric’s four year rookie scale contract won’t kick in until he comes over from Europe, so he’s cheap until probably 2020. MCW and Embiid could command max deals, but the sixers would definitely have the cash to lock them up. By the summers of 2017 and 2018 the starting year max for a player coming out of a rookie deal will be at what, $18 mil?

        So in the summer of 2018, if all of the players actually get/stay and come over from Europe, you’ll have ~$36 mil committed to MCW and Embiid, maybe $10-15 mil for Noel, and Saric on his ~$5 mil rookie contract. That’s AT MOST $56 mil of commitments, which gives the sixers a healthy margin to sign other free agents (and eventually offer Saric/2015 lottery pick an extension without going too far into the luxury tax). If they play it smart and everyone pans out, they will be able to keep pretty much everyone for 6-7 years.

        And I disagree that these lost years are hurting development. The healthy players are getting to play big minutes in real game situations against actual NBA talent, and aren’t being blocked from the court by big-money veterans. And the injured guys are getting time to focus on fine tuning their game while they completely recover. Noel, for example, used his year off to add a lot of muscle and get stronger overall, as well as work on his shot/post repertoire. He shot like 55% FT at Kentucky, and in summer league he shot ~80%. That’s an indication of a ton of work put in over the past year that will benefit him in the future. I doubt he would have the opportunity to develop his game that much if he had been rushed back into playing at the end of last year.

  5. bigmeechy74 - Jul 25, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    “and another somewhat comical decision by the Sixers, who continue to do everything they can to choose rebuilding for the future over winning in the present.” You must be one of those guys that thinks it’s better to try to make the 8 seed and get blown out of the 1st round than it is to try to have a long term plan to achieve greatness. It may work, it may not, but to call it comical is comical on your end.

  6. captainwisdom8888 - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    The way I see it, if you aren’t in a position to win a championship than the smartest thing you can do to ensure your team gets better is to come as close to dead last as possible. No, it’s not exactly what the fans want to see, but when the wins finally start piling up for the 76ers down the road…it will cure everything very quickly.

    With a rookie of the year PG, and 2 potential Allstar caliber big men, a foundation is clearly being laid on which the 76ers can build a very formidable team. It’s going to take some time, but after the 76ers prove that they are no pushovers THIS SEASON, than the future of the team will begin to look a bit brighter than people initially foresaw.

  7. eugenesaxe1 - Jul 25, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Hardly comical. If he can come back and tear it up like he did in the D-League, or anywhere near that, it’s genius.

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