Clippers ink veteran forward Stephen Jackson

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Los Angeles Clippers have added a veteran presence to their lineup, signing free agent forward Stephen Jackson.

The Clippers badly need healthy bodies from the free-agent market after J.J. Redick, Matt Barnes and Reggie Bullock went down with injuries over the past couple weeks.

“I just think he’s a veteran,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “We need him in a pinch. We need him like now and that’s a guy that you can bring in and he can give you something right away with Reggie being out for at least this trip and maybe longer and Matt being out. We don’t have another three right now and he fits that bill for us.”

Last season, Jackson played for the San Antonio Spurs, averaging 6.2 points 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 19.5 minutes per game in 55 games before he was waived on April 27 before the end of the season.

Bullock is expected to miss two weeks with a high left ankle sprain while Barnes is also expected to miss two weeks with a torn retina in his left eye.

Redick suffered a fracture in the small bone of his right hand and a tear of his right ulnar collateral ligament is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

The 34-year-old Jackson has 13 of experience under his belt. He played for New Jersey, San Antonio, Atlanta, Indiana, Golden State, Charlotte and Milwaukee.

Jackson has appeared in 849 career games with career averages of 15.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.3 steals in 32.1 minutes. He has appeared in 72 career playoff games, averaging 13.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 33.6 minutes per game.

Jackson is also the first player on the current Clippers roster to have won an NBA title, being a member of the 2003 NBA champion Spurs.

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