Pierre Jackson played in both Europe and the D-League last season, and was selected in the second round of the 2013 draft by the Sixers before landing in New Orleans as a piece of the deal for Nerlens Noel.
Since the Pelicans didn’t seem to have much use for him, Jackson ended up back with the Sixers in exchange for a second round pick this year, and played on the Sixers Summer League squad in Orlando before an Achilles injury prematurely ended his campaign.
But Philadelphia liked what little they saw enough to sign Jackson to a contract for the upcoming season, despite his injured status.
From Jason Wolf of Delaware Online:
The 76ers signed former NBA Development League all-star Pierre Jackson to a partially guaranteed one-year contract Thursday, a team source confirmed, even though the guard is likely to miss the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon during an Orlando Pro Summer League game on July 5. There is no team option for a second season.
It’s great news for Jackson, obviously, and another somewhat comical decision by the Sixers, who continue to do everything they can to choose rebuilding for the future over winning in the present.
Philadelphia sat Noel for all of last season, despite the fact that Noel himself said he was 100 percent and could have played had the team allowed it. The Sixers then selected Joel Embiid in this year’s draft, who may very well similarly sit out the upcoming season.
In theory, it’s a commitment to acquiring the best players possible from a talent perspective, with a willingness to wait for them to be healthy enough to produce. In practice, it buys additional years of job security for GM Sam Hinkie and head coach Brett Brown, with no pressure to win now while expectations remain low until every last asset is able to contribute to the team’s effort, all at the same time.
While the rampant speculation continues about whether the Celtics may or may not trade for a superstar, Danny Ainge is filling out his roster with veterans. Sean Deveney of the Sporting News reports that they’ve agreed to a one-year minimum deal with guard Gerald Green:
Green was originally drafted by the Celtics in 2005 at No. 18 overall, and after bouncing around different teams and overseas in the first few years of his career, he’s carved out a nice niche for himself in the NBA as a scoring guard off the bench. He played 69 games for the Heat last season after two solid years in Phoenix.
The NBA has unveiled its top 100 plays of the 2015-16 season, and there’s no mystery as to what were the top two.
No. 2: Stephen Curry‘s halfcourt buzzer-beater in overtime against the Thunder in Oklahoma City during the season.
No. 1: “The Block” by LeBron James on Andre Iguodala in the final stretch of Game 7 of the Finals.
There’s plenty more, too, and if you have 25 minutes to kill, you can and should watch all of them above.
Tyler Zeller is one of the few restricted free agents left on the market who could make an actual impact next season, and on Saturday morning, he’s come off the board. Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports that the fourth-year big man has agreed to a deal to stay with the Celtics. It’s for two years and $16 million, with the second season being a team option.
Zeller isn’t a starter, but he’s a nice rotation big man, especially at that price. He can play minutes off the bench for Boston, and his contract is also very movable with the second season being unguaranteed. He played just 11.8 minutes per game last season, but averaged 18.5 points and 9 rebounds per 36 minutes.
The Toronto Raptors were good last season, second best team in the East. That means the guys on Inside the NBA on TNT had to talk about them.
Which means Charles Barkley had to say “Jonas Valanciunas” a lot. Which is high comedy. While a lot of people struggle to say his name the guy is a solid NBA center who, with a little practice, you can say (and spell) his name pretty easily.
This comes from a YouTube user, via Reddit, with a hat tip to Eye on Basketball.