Reggie Jackson will stay with the team he said helped save his career by agreeing to a two-year, $ 22 million deal with the LA Clippers, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The free agent point guard will return for the maximum the Clippers can pay him under CBA rules, according to Wojnarowski.
Jackson revived his career last season, improving his offense and making decisive shots to help the Clippers reach their first Western Conference Finals. After averaging 10.7 points and shooting 43.3% from 3 points in the regular season, the 10-year veteran emerged as one of the Clippers’ stars in the playoffs.
With Kawhi Leonard out for the Clippers’ last eight playoff games with a partially torn ACL, Jackson helped Paul George carry the offense, averaging 17.8 points and shooting 40.8% from 3 points in the postseason.
Jackson scored 22 points to help the Clippers steal Game 5 at Utah before helping eliminate the Jazz in Game 6 with 27 points and 10 assists.
The point guard became a fan favorite, hearing chants of his name as he averaged 20.3 points in the Western Conference Finals.
With Jackson back, the Clippers hope to keep their core intact by re-signing Leonard, who declined his player option and became a free agent. The expectation is that Leonard negotiates a new deal to stay with the Clippers, Wojnarowski reported.
Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank said after last week’s NBA draft that the team hopes to stick with Jackson, Leonard, Nicolas Batum and Serge Ibaka. Ibaka opted for the second year of his contract and Batum agreed to return with a two-year contract.