Report: Clippers close to adding veteran Stephen Jackson
The Clippers are strongly considering adding 35-year-old swingman Stephen Jackson, sources told ESPN’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne.
Jackson, a 12-year veteran, has been trying to latch on with a new team since the Spurs released him before last year’s playoffs.
The Clippers have a need on the wing after injuries to J.J. Redick, who is out at least six weeks with a bone fracture in his right hand and a torn UCL, top reserve Matt Barnes (torn retina in his left eye) and rookie forward Reggie Bullock (high ankle sprain). After the Clippers’ 88-82 loss in Cleveland on Saturday, L.A. coach Doc Rivers said the team would “have to look somewhere” for reinforcements.
“If you guys have any names, call me and let me know,” Rivers told reporters. “I’ll be on the phone tonight with [Clippers executives] Gary [Sacks] and Gerald [Madkins] and Dave Wohl and I’m praying they know somebody. We’ll see. You never know.”
Former Lakers and Suns guard Shannon Brown has also been mentioned as a target, but the Clippers reportedly like Jackson’s playoff resume (he’s played in 72 postseason games).
Jackson has averaged 15.3 points per game in his career, but only 6.2 in 55 games (six starts) last year for the Spurs.
The Clippers (13-8) lead the Pacific Division but have lost three of four. They continue their seven-game road trip Monday night in Philadelphia.