Clippers add Reggie Jackson and Nicolas Batum, waive Joakim Noah

Reggie Jackson will be back with the Clippers this season.

A free agent, the 30-year-old security guard, agreed to a one-year contract to stay with the team on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and confirmed by a source in the league.

The Clippers also signed Nicolas Batum, 6-foot-9 ahead who cleared waivers on Tuesday after being released by the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported the development and a league source confirmed Batum will be joining the squad. Batum will enhance the depth of the Clippers at the wing.

The team also reportedly abandoned veteran center Joakim Noah, and its agent Billy Duffy told Wojnarowski the veteran center is likely to be retired. Noah, 33, joined the Clippers in the Orlando bubble last season after the first signing of a 10-day contract on March 9, two days before the coronavirus stopped the game for several months. The team then signed the two-time All-Star for the duration of the season – he played in only five regular season games and two playoff games in the bubble at Lake Buena Vista – on a two-year deal with the second season no. -Guaranteed.

For its part, Jackson is a belated addition to the Clippers, who were thought to be in the market for a proven point guard during free agency.

The 6-foot-3 Jackson joined the Clippers in February when he signed up to finish the season with LA after arranging a buyout from Detroit, where he played more than five seasons.

With a career of 12.8 points per game scorer, Jackson has shot 42.8 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from 3-point reach over his nine-season career. In 17 regular season games with the Clippers, he averaged 9.5 points, 3.2 assists and 3 rebounds, and shot 41.3 percent from outside the arc.

However, his production dropped in the postseason, when former coach Doc Rivers played in only 12 games against Jackson; he averaged 4.9 points, 0.9 assists and 1.9 rebounds in just 14.2 minutes. In the Clippers 113-107 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal against Denver, Jackson recorded 4:59 minutes and recorded no statistics.

Jackson will team up again with fourth-year security guard Luke Kennard, who began his NBA career in Detroit in 2017-18, well beyond Jackson’s tenure in the Motor City.

It is also an opportunity for Jackson to continue playing alongside Clippers star Paul George, with whom he has had a close relationship since joining the NBA in 2011. During last season’s hiatus, Jackson said he was staying in Southern California and spending time shooting an outdoor track at one of George’s homes in the area.

“It helps a lot to have a man in my corner and a man I can lean on, someone I can talk to,” Jackson said last season.

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