HEAT Sign Luke Jackson, Waive Hardaway

MIAMI, FL – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have requested waivers on guard Penny Hardaway and signed free agent forward/guard Luke Jackson. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jackson, a 6’7”, 215-pound guard, has appeared in 59 games (two starts) in his three-year NBA career and averaged 2.9 points, 1.0 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 8.4 minutes while shooting 37.4 percent (58-of-155) from the field, 35.6 percent (21-of-59) from three-point range and 75 percent (36-of-48) from the free throw line.

This season, the former 10th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, appeared in one game for the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League and posted 30 points, nine assists, four rebounds, a steal and a block in 31 minutes of action while shooting 7-of-14 from the field, 5-of-6 from three-point range and a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw line. Prior to that, after a stint with the Los Angeles Clippers and finishing the season with the Toronto Raptors last season, Jackson appeared in 23 games (16 starts) for the Stampede and averaged 14.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.3 steals in 29.7 minutes while shooting 48 percent (121-of-252) from the field, 48.6 percent (34-of-70) from three-point range and 78.9 percent (60-of-76) from the free throw line.

Jackson, the former Oregon Duck, finished his four-year colligate career as one of only two players in Pac-10 history to accumulate more than 1,900 points, 700 rebounds and 400 assists while becoming the only player in Oregon history to rank in the Top 10 in nine categories: free throws made (first), scoring (second), steals (third), free throw percentage (third), assists (fourth), field goals made (fourth), three-point field goals made (sixth), three-point percentage (seventh) and rebounding (seventh).

Penny Hardaway appeared in 16 games (eight starts) for Miami and averaged 3.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.19 steals in 20.3 minutes per game. He was originally signed by the HEAT on August 9, 2007 as an unrestricted free agent.