One of the heroes from the LA Clippers’ run to the Western Conference finals is staying put.
Reggie Jackson has officially re-signed, the team announced.
.@Reggie_Jackson returns. pic.twitter.com/e6y5gI4CFS
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) August 11, 2021
“Reggie elevates our team with his energy, his confidence, and his ability to be at his best in the biggest moments,” team president Lawrence Frank said. “He was an important part of our team last season, and he will continue to be going forward.”
Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Jackson signed a two-year, $22 million deal with L.A.
Jackson played a huge role in the Clippers run to the conference finals after taking over the starting job and was a top offseason priority to keep.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 6, 2021
No options on the second year, per source.
Clippers get back the guard who revived his career last season and shot nearly 41% from 3 in the playoffs. https://t.co/nQpBRzYIAn
— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) August 6, 2021
Jackson shined during the playoffs. He averaged 17.8 points while starting 17 of 19 postseason games, and shot 41% from 3-point range, which helped set the stage for his bigger payday. He also had a bounce-back season in 2020-21 overall, averaging 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game in 67 games (43 starts).
Those were marked improvements from his stats with the Clippers in 2019-20, when he posted 9.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 3.2 apg but fell out of the rotation as the season and playoffs waned. The Clippers acquired Jackson after he was waived by the Detroit Pistons in February of 2020 and he missed a significant amount of time in 2019-20 because of a stress reaction in his lower back.
He became the Clippers’ starting point guard in the 2021 playoffs in Game 3 of the first round against the Dallas Mavericks. His play was crucial to the Clippers making their first trip to the conference finals and Jackson improved as each round went on.
In the first round, Jackson averaged 15.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 2.7 apg as the Clippers ousted the Mavs. In the Western Conference semifinals, he upped those figures again (18.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 4.0 apg) as the Clippers stunned the No. 1-seeded Utah Jazz. And in the West finals, Jackson was a bright spot against the Phoenix Suns (20.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.7 apg).
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.