Reggie Jackson # 1 of the Los Angeles Clippers rises in search of an open teammate against Luka Doncic # 77 of the Dallas Mavericks.
The Boston Celtics’ point guard position has gotten quite a make-over this offseason so far – and as it sounds, things are just getting started. Things started with the team dumping starter Kemba Walker and his nearly $ 74 million contract to the Oklahoma City Thunder in June. A deluge of moves has been made since then or may possibly be in the works.
For example, the highly acclaimed security guard Yam Madar has joined the Celtics’ summer league squad. The team also recently acquired former top five pick Kris Dunn in a three-team trade. Although there are rumors that Dunn might be on the road again. In addition, Marcus Smart, who was scheduled to start the position, is now “more likely” than it was before the start of the season as Stevens has reportedly become “frustrated with Smart’s unpredictable game over the past few years”. per Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix.
Boston has proven to be an ideal landing spot for a number of free-agent point guards, with Patty Mills, Lonzo Ball, and Kyle Lowry quickly coming to mind. Now it looks like we can add another player to this list of potential Walker replacements.
According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, the Celtics are one of four teams interested in free agent point guard Reggie Jackson. Amick cited sources saying the Los Angeles Clippers will give priority to the signing of Jackson as well as striker Nicolas Batum. Against this background, it could prove difficult to keep Jackson.
Apparently the market is heating up for the soon to be eleven-year-old veteran, because the New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets are also said to be interested in Jackson’s services.
Jackson, described by Bleacher Report as a « playoff star », delivered one of the most memorable performances of the postseason of the season after Kawhi Leonard was injured. Boston College’s product rose to the record averaging 17.8 points, including nine over 20-point performances in its 19 playoff games last season.
For the past two years in Los Angeles, Jackson has averaged Earned 10.4 points, 3.1 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game. During that time span, he was lights from beyond the arc, knocking down 42.9% of his 3-point attempts, including the top 43.3% in career in 2020-21-12. Best in the NBA (via StatMuse ).
Jackson, 31, was selected by the Thunder with the 24th overall pick in 2011. His score peaked in 2015-16 as a member of the Detroit Pistons, where he averaged 18.8 points per contest. During his NBA career, the native Italian has stepped on and off the grid and has 391 starts in his 628 regular season games. Whether part of a start five session or off the bench, Jackson has willingly scored a shot on goal for the teams during his decade in the league.
Would Boston be ready to put Jackson in charge of the general duties? That remains up for debate. Even so, he would be a welcome addition in a position that seems to be more in the balance by the day.
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