The 76ers put Pierre Jackson on their summer league team before signing him last summer, and Jackson experienced the nightmare scenario – a season-ending Achilles injury.
A nice gesture? Yes. Jackson got $400,000 for last season when other teams might have just cut him loose.
Completely altruistic? No. The 76ers were so far below the salary floor, there was minimal cost – real and opportunity – in giving Jackson that money.
They also apparently bought themselves some good will.
Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:
Jackson – a 5-foot-11 point guard – played well in the D-League two seasons ago. He should compete with Tony Wroten and Isaiah Canaan for playing time.
This deal is likely structured like the 76ers’ others for second-round picks, two guaranteed seasons (possibly slightly above the minimum) and two non-guaranteed seasons. This allows them to get a fantastic bargain if the player turns out or easily cut bait if he doesn’t.
Jackson, due to his height limitations, isn’t an elite prospect. But he has good burst and a solid deep-shooting stroke. For Philadelphia, this is a low-risk bet worth making.