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.
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.