The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to a two-year deal with free agent forward Reggie Jackson and rookie guard Justise Winslow.
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Reggie Jackson has agreed to a two-year, $22 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to CAA Basketball representatives Aaron Mintz and Erika Ruiz, who informed ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Clippers will re-sign the free-agent point guard for the maximum amount allowed by the CBA.
Jackson resurrected his career this season, stepping up offensively and making big baskets to help the Clippers reach the Western Conference playoffs for the first time. The 10-year veteran emerged as one of the Clippers’ postseason stars after averaging 10.7 points and shooting 43.3 percent from 3-point range during the regular season.
Agents Austin Brown and Ruiz of CAA informed Wojnarowski that the Clippers aim to have the similar impact on Justise Winslow, who signed a two-year contract with the club.
Due to injuries, Winslow only played in 26 games for the Memphis Grizzlies last season and has only played in 37 games in the previous two seasons, including a season-ending hip injury he sustained during the NBA reset in the bubble in Orlando last year.
Winslow, 25, is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-high 12.6 points while appearing in 66 games for the Miami Heat.
If healthy, Winslow, who is 6-foot-6, may help LA fill the hole created by Kawhi Leonard’s ACL injury at forward. Sources told ESPN that Leonard has chosen to return and is negotiating contract terms with the Clippers. After having surgery to repair a partly torn right ACL sustained during a second-round playoff series victory over Utah, Leonard is expected to lose considerable time. His decision to return on Friday was originally reported by Yahoo Sports.
While Leonard missed the Clippers’ final eight playoff games due to a partly torn ACL, Jackson stepped in to help Paul George carry the offensive burden, averaging 17.8 points and shooting 40.8 percent from 3-point range.
Jackson scored 22 points to help the Clippers win Game 5 in Utah in the Western Conference playoffs, then added 27 points and 10 assists in Game 6 to help the Clippers eliminate the Jazz.
While averaging 20.3 points in the Western Conference finals, the point guard became a crowd favorite, receiving chants of his name.
Jackson’s postseason success was widely anticipated to boost his market worth as he approached free agency. When the Clippers’ season ended, Jackson admitted how much he enjoyed playing for them. Jackson praised the Clippers and his teammates for helping him resurrect his career in a tearful and emotional postgame press conference after Game 6 against the Phoenix Suns.
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Playing beside his closest buddy, George, Jackson couldn’t conceal his joy.
“The first thing I said to these men when I saw them was thank you for saving my life,” Jackson added. “Yeah, I respect everyone in the locker room, especially Paul for calling me at the conclusion of the season last year to discuss a buyout with Detroit. I’m grateful for all I’ve learned and experienced in this city, which has made me feel at ease. I’m not sure whether I would still be playing if this organization had not welcomed me, with all of my idiosyncrasies, talents, and flaws. So, yes, I’d want to express my gratitude to them.”
After last week’s NBA draft, Clippers head of basketball operations Lawrence Frank said that the club wants to retain Jackson, Leonard, Nicolas Batum, and Serge Ibaka. Ibaka opted for the second year of his contract after Batum decided to return on a two-year agreement.
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