UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 3:04 p.m. ET by Grant Hughes
Per Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld, L.A. officially parted ways with Jackson. It's a done deal.
It's official, the Clippers have waived Stephen Jackson.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) January 7, 2014
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Per Dan Woike of the Orange County Register, the Clips are close to cutting ties with Jackson just ahead of the NBA's waiver deadline at 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 7:
While Doc wouldn't say, it seems like signs are pointing to Stephen Jackson being waived tomorrow sometime.— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) January 7, 2014
The decision would hardly be a surprise, as the 14th-year pro barely played since signing a non-guaranteed contract back on Dec. 9. In 9 games, Jackson averaged just 1.7 points in 11.9 minutes per contest.
More than his lack of production, the fact that Los Angeles has younger, more useful help on the mend makes Jackson expendable. Even when head coach Doc Rivers was toying with giving Jackson semi-regular minutes, he only did so out of necessity.
Per Brian Robb of ESPN, Rivers said:
We're going to play him, since we have no choice. We don't have enough players, honestly. You know we went into the game the other night with one (small forward) and two (shooting guards). That's all we have. All of the middle position guys are out, from J.J. (Redick) to Matt Barnes and Reggie Bullock ... we don't have anybody.
Per Arash Markazi of ESPN, the Clips are about to get some help:
Jackson was brought in with Barnes, Redick and Bullock out. Barnes is back and Redick and Bullock may be back next week.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) January 7, 2014
For his part, Jackson seems to be accepting reality gracefully. He posted this message on his Instagram account:
As optimistic as Captain Jack's post seems, the fact is he might be running out of options. The San Antonio Spurs cut him loose just before a run to the Finals last year, and it's hard to imagine him ever catching on with the Clippers in the first place if not for the collection of injuries in L.A.
Legal troubles and his role in the infamous "Malice in the Palace" back in 2004 contributed to Jackson's rough-and-tumble image among NBA fans. But he has also been a beloved locker room presence and someone whom teammates have always endorsed.
His game seems to have declined, though, and that's to be expected at age 35. With little appeal to rebuilding teams and not enough skill to crack the rotation of good ones, Jackson's NBA road could be coming to an end.