After days of quiet, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news that the Clippers will re-sign starting point guard Reggie Jackson to a 2 year, $22M deal. This is the largest amount that the Clippers could offer Reggie due to bird rights, but the two years is a big win for the Clips, as Reggie could have received up to a four-year deal.
Reggie had a solid 2021 season, scoring 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in 23 minutes per game while shooting 45% from the field, 43.3% from three, and 81.7% from the free throw line. However, he ascended in the playoffs, showing up spectacularly as the Clippers’ third scorer and playmaker by averaging 17.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists on 48.4% shooting, 40.8% from three, and 87.8% from the line. Along the way, he hit clutch shot after clutch shot, carrying the Clippers frequently in desperate 4th quarter situations and earning the love of Clippers’ fans.
Considering his play last year, and his age at 31 years, the contract for Reggie is solid. There’s a good chance he regresses somewhat next year, and he certainly won’t consistently play to the level he did in the playoffs, but he’s a nice rotation player who fits excellently with the rest of the Clippers.
With the chase to re-sign Reggie Jackson complete, the Clippers now just have two remaining boxes to check this offseason. First is bringing back Kawhi Leonard. This is all but guaranteed, and will almost certainly be on a 1+1 max deal. The second is to sign someone to the tax-payer mid level exception (TPMLE), which they have available due to Nic Batum taking a paycut. Their options are very limited at this point, but there are always trades to make to clear roster room or bring in a backup forward, so keep an eye there as well.
Welcome back Reggie!