Dec 11, 2013 11:06 PM EST
Stephen Jackson wasted little time reporting to the Los Angeles Clippers. Jackson, who signed with the club on Tuesday, was active and played against the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden on Wednesday night.
The Clippers found themselves in need of depth in the wake of injuries to Matt Barnes, J.J. Redick, Maalik Wayns and most recently Reggie Bullock. Jackson logged 12 minutes in the Clippers' 96-88 win over Boston, going 0-for-3 in his first game since April. The San Antonio Spurs waived Jackson on April 12, just days before the postseason began.
"I felt pretty good. I was winded,” Jackson said after the game. "My legs were tired as soon as I got in the game, but it felt good to get back out there. Getting a win in the first one is definitely sweet.”
Tyronn Lue, assistant coach for the Clippers, recruited Jackson by reaching out to the 35-year-old last month.
“Ty Lue called me like three weeks ago and asked what was going on,” Jackson explained. "He knew I had been working out. He told me they were interested and a few weeks later Doc [Rivers] called me. It happened just like that.”
Jackson went six months between NBA contracts, but kept himself prepared in the event the right situation presented itself.
"I wasn’t just sitting at home, watching television and eating popcorn. I was working out, keeping the faith that something good would happen,” said Jackson, who expects to struggle with his shot as he works back into game shape.
"I’ve been doing this a long time. I’ve just got to get in shape and on the same page with these guys. Being out there felt great, man. Being able to play basketball with a great group of guys, I’m just happy to be back out there.”
The Clippers don’t need Jackson to provide much of an offensive punch given the scoring ability they have even on a depleted roster. They also won’t require the former NBA champion to immediately lead in the locker room. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin seem to be entrenched in those roles.
"[Defense] is my lane on this team,” Jackson said. "My role is to go out there and stop guys. All great teams have guys that take those types of roles on. That will be my role on this team."
Dec 12, 2013 12:43 AM EST
Pau Gasol will become a free agent in the offseason and has not ruled out a return to the Memphis Grizzlies among what will be many options for the veteran power forward.
“It’s appealing,” Pau Gasol said. “One of the best centers in the NBA, one of the best interior players, is my brother. There’s a lot of attractive factors there. But who knows if that’s even a possibility or if that will ever happen. Right now, I’m just trying to focus on (the Lakers’ opponents) and staying healthy and playing a very successful year so this team and others will have the certainty and the confidence that I am a difference maker, that I am an elite player and I have a lot of years in me.”
Gasol's brother, Marc, was an NBA All-Star in 2012. Pau Gasol spent his first six and a half seasons with the Grizzlies.
“If there’s possibilities of being in a place that has those type of chances, it’s something I will think about,” Gasol said. “But, again, I’m not in that position yet. I’m here. We’re just kind of guessing here. We’ll see. We’ll cross the bridge when I get there. No rush.”
Dec 11, 2013 10:50 PM EST
The Chicago Bulls will sign D.J. Augustin after he clears waivers as the club searches for point guard depth.
Augustin also needs to pass a physical with the Bulls.
Derrick Rose is out for the season, while Mike James is working his way back from a sprained knee.
Marquis Teague has struggled for the Bulls.
Dec 11, 2013 12:16 PM EST
The Golden State Warriors have signed Hilton Armstrong from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League.
Armstrong hasn't been in the NBA during the regular season since 2011 with the Atlanta Hawks. Armstrong was with the Indiana Pacers this season in training camp.
Dec 11, 2013 10:32 AM EST
Rajon Rondo dismissed comments from his former high school coach, Steve Smith of Oak Hill, that he's being recruited by Carmelo Anthony to join the New York Knicks.
“People talk, media talk, people make up rumors, people run with them,” said Rondo.
“I haven’t spoken to him. He ain’t contacted me. It’s just rumors.”
Rondo is eligible for free agency in 2015.
Dec 10, 2013 9:41 PM EST
Chris Douglas-Roberts will be called up from the NBA D-League by the Charlotte Bobcats.
Douglas-Roberts was playing with the Texas Legends this season.
Douglas-Roberts spent part of last season with the Dallas Mavericks.
Dec 11, 2013 3:45 PM EST
The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned guard/forward Carrick Felix, guard/forward Sergey Karasev and center Henry Sims to the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League.
Felix has appeared in three games for the Cavs this season, averaging 1.3 points in 5.0 minutes per game. He has also played in two games for the Charge, averaging 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 22.5 minutes per game.
Karasev has played in 12 games for the Cavs, averaging 2.4 points and 1.1 rebounds in 9.0 minutes per game.
Sims has appeared in six games for the Cavs, averaging 1.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 5.8 minutes per game and two Canton games with averages of 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in 21.5 minutes.
Dec 11, 2013 3:49 PM EST
In a late change, Jeff Van Gundy has been removed from ESPN's broadcast of the New York Knicks versus Chicago Bulls game on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
Van Gundy was assigned to announce the game with Mike Tirico.
“We’re always reexamining our commentating assignments,” ESPN spokesman Ben Cafardo said.
Van Gundy reportedly would be considered by the Knicks to replace Mike Woodson, but the former coach said recently that he "felt badly" for Woodson to deal with speculation about his job status.
“He never wants to be a distraction,” a Van Gundy friend said Wednesday. “He’s very sensitive about current coaches.”
Dec 11, 2013 11:17 AM EST
Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics won the 2008 title together and very nearly won again in 2010.
The Celtics were unable to fully defend their championship in 2009 due to an injury to Kevin Garnett. Garnett remained an effective player, but clearly limited after his initial season with the Celtics.
"I swear if Kevin would've been healthy, we would've won two or three in a row," said Rivers on Wednesday ahead of his return to Boston.
"I wish it could have ended better," said Rivers.
Dec 10, 2013 5:12 PM EST
Danny Granger is hoping to return to the Indiana Pacers' lineup on Friday against the Charlotte Bobcats.
"There's a good chance. A very good chance," Granger said. "I'm working on it everyday.
"I'll have a minutes limit, strictly because I have to play my way into shape. We don't have enough practice for me to practice my way into shape. It's literally going to be in games where I am playing where I get in shape."
Granger has missed every game this season due to a calf injury.
"Right now I'm getting back in shape," Granger said. "My shot feels great."
Jeremy Lin practiced fully with the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.
LeBron James believes no rivalries exist in the NBA anymore.
Omer Asik has filed paperwork to drop Andy Miller and hire Arn Tellem as his new NBA agent.
The Bulls are thin at point guard with the injury to Derrick Rose and struggles for Marquis Teague.
Jason Kidd tried to put his own imprint on the Brooklyn Nets, but found it difficult with the way Lawrence Frank carried himself.
Waiters has been mentioned in trade rumors, but Dan Gilbert likes his game and want to keep him with the Cavaliers.
Kobe Bryant is comparing the next few weeks to a preseason schedule.
Al Harrington will miss the next four weeks and then be re-evaluated.
Thaddeus Young understands the nature of his name being involved in trade speculation, most recently with the Rockets.
Jerry Sloan spent 23 seasons as the head coach of the Jazz.
Zaza Pachuliaís foot will be immobilized in a walking boot and re-examined in four weeks.
In 19 games this season, Tyreke Evans is averaging 11.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.3 steals in 24.9 minutes per game.
Bradley Beal has been cleared to increase basketball activities after a follow-up MRI exam showed improvement in the stress injury to his right fibula.
Carrick Felix appeared in two games for the Charge this past weekend, averaging 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 22.5 minutes per game.
Isaiah Canaan is a rookie on the Rockets playing for the D-League's Vipers.
Rudy Gay has a player option for the 14-15 season worth $19.3 million.
The Raptors have waived D.J. Augustin.
Stephen Jackson has signed his contract agreement with the Clippers, a source told RealGM.
Andre Roberson averaged 17.3 points while shooting .561 percent from the field, 11.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 3.3 steals and 1.0 block in 35.0 minutes per game.
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