Reggie Jackson re-signing with Clippers on two-year, $22M contract

Clippers guard Reggie Jackson
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Reggie Jackson thanked the Clippers for saving him.

He also saved them plenty on the court in the playoffs, scoring 18 points per game while shooting 58% on 2-pointers, 41% on 3-pointers and 88% on free throws.

Now, L.A. is rewarding him with a nice new contract.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

This is the most the Clippers can pay Jackson on a two-year contract through Early Bird Rights ($10,384,500 next season and $11,215,260 the following year). However, they could have offered a third ($12,046,020) or even fourth ($12,876,780) season.

But considering the 31-year-old’s health history, that would have been risky.

Still, this is a sizable outlay. Beyond Jackson’s salary, this pushes the Clippers’ luxury-tax liability from $54 million to $91 million – assuming Kawhi Leonard re-signs for the max.

L.A.’s big spending is among the reasons Leonard is expected to stay. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer gives his team a competitive advantage.

The Clippers still have the taxpayer mid-level exception if they want to spend even more.