Next up in our 213 Hoops roundtable series on the Clippers’ offseason is the signing of Reggie Jackson to a 2 year, $21M deal.
Ralston Dacanay: A+
As someone who honestly had major doubts about bringing back Reggie Jackson last summer, I cannot overstate how much I’ve grown to love having him on the team. He’s a great locker room guy, great with the media and was great when the lights shine the brightest in his first year under head coach Ty Lue. LAC also simply couldn’t replace him this summer if he were to have walked, and the deal being two years instead of the maximum 4-year capacity is a steal as well. Hell yeah.
Shapan Debnath: A
This deal ended up as good as you could expect: the right number of years in a very tidy contract. I felt like this really satisfied all parties, and it was nice to see everyone so excited for Reggie after having gone through so much doubt amongst the fanbase, myself included.
Joey Linn: A+
Once Kawhi Leonard went down, Reggie Jackson proved his ability to be a legitimate second scoring option behind Paul George. While there was some speculation that his otherworldly shooting accuracy was a product of no fans, he continued his dominance once arenas filled up again. Being able to retain him was a huge victory for the Clippers and their hopes of being competitive without Kawhi next season. After Kawhi Leonard’s injury, Reggie Jackson averaged 21.4 PPG on 49% from the field, and was incredibly clutch every time the Clippers needed him to be. After opening up about what the Clippers meant to him, it felt essential that the Clippers bring Reggie back.
Kenneth Armstrong: B+
I am happy that Reggie is coming back and think the two-year agreement balances stability for the Clippers and Reggie’s ability to seek another deal after (hopefully) two more years of solid play. My only concern is that this contract could look a little reactionary in a few months. Although Reggie was awesome during the playoffs, year after year, players fail to live up to contacts that are given based on a limited sample of great play. It won’t be Reggie’s fault if his athleticism regresses a little or if his production declines because teams start game planning for him, but it is a real possibility. In the end, though, the Clippers brought back a solid starting point guard, who happens to be a fan favorite, on a favorable deal. That’s more than a passing grade.
Thomas Wood: A
A player coming off of a notable postseason performance often gets paid like he’s established a new level of play. What I love about this deal for the Clippers is that it doesn’t pay for the Reggie of the last six weeks; it pays for the Reggie of the last season and a half. He’s a knockdown shooter now, which makes him a capable starter, and capable starters on the open market generally make at least this much. The two-year term limits the downside. Maybe Reggie only chose to stay because his other options dried up. It doesn’t matter from the Clippers’ perspective. They could’ve lost him for nothing; instead, they’ve retained a key piece at a palatable number.
Cole Huff: A
First and foremost, shoutout to Reggie Jackson on a tremendous season. I happily ate my words with each passing game throughout the calendar, and I nearly became a Reggie stan by the end of the playoffs. He was undoubtedly the Clippers’ best and most reliable guard all season long and often shined when the lights were the brightest — so much so that we grew slightly afraid that he might have played his way out of the Clips’ price range. But fear not, Reggie is here to stay, much to the delight of the fanbase and likely everyone within the organization. Surely Paul George’s relationship with Reggie factored into the deal that he ended up taking, but credit the organization from top to bottom — as Reggie did on occasion — for allowing him to find joy in basketball once again while being himself as a player. Nevertheless, the front office was able to retain him without shoveling out an excessive amount of money, or years, in order to do so. He should still be equally as good of a player over the next two years before hitting any age-related issues down the road. I like the deal.
Robert Flom: A-
Reggie Jackson was a solid rotation-level guy for the Clippers last regular season, and then elevated to legitimate star-level play in the postseason. It’s unreasonable to expect that type of performance to carry over, but even if Jackson just replicates his regular season numbers, his contract is fine, if not amazing. Add in the fact that he’s great friends with Paul George and a good presence in the locker room, and that he’s a proven player under playoff pressure, and you have a player that should be worth the contract and dollar amount. The fact that the Clippers only signed him for two years and not the maximum of four he was eligible for is a huge boon, as Reggie is 31 and will probably be on the downslope of his career from here out. Good to have him back.
Michelle Uzeta: A
Love, love, love the fact that the Clippers re-signed Reggie. Action Jackson was an unexpected boon for the Clippers during the 2020-21 season and stepped-up tremendously after the squad lost Kawhi Leonard in the playoffs. Jackson averaged 17.8 points per game on 48.4 percent shooting in the post-season, effectively filling part of the scoring void created by Leonard’s early exit.
Jackson brings a lot of the same grit and grind mentality to Los Angeles that Patrick Beverley did. He is an energy guy, and not afraid of the big moments. And boy did Jackson have a LOT of big moments this past season, particularly hitting meaningful, game-changing daggers. Mr. June shot 43.3 percent from beyond the arc during the regular season and 40.8 percent in the playoffs.
One of the things that most impressed me about Reggie’s play this season was the restraint he exhibited on the court. In the 2019-20 bubble, he sometimes exhibited poor judgment and a lack of control when handing the ball. Those issues did not bleed into 2020-21, and I credit Ty Lue and the coaching staff for facilitating that improvement.
With Kawhi’s status for the 2021-22 season unknown, Reggie will once again play a meaningful and central role for the Clippers. In addition to his own contributions, it certainly doesn’t hurt that Jackson has a fantastic relationship with Paul George, and has been PG-13’s biggest hype man. That relationship has been great for George’s mental game and for the franchise generally.
Whether Reggie can replicate and improve on last season’s performance over the course of the upcoming 82 game season has yet to be seen, but there is no question that he is excelling in his current situation, and no reason to think he won’t continue on a solid path.
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