Clippers sign veteran forward Stephen Jackson

Clippers sign veteran forward Stephen Jackson

Published Dec. 10, 2013 8:00 p.m. ET

The Clippers have officially inked a deal with free-agent forward Stephen Jackson.

The 35-year-old veteran spent last season at San Antonio, where he averaged 6.2 points 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists
in 19.5 minutes per game in 55 games for the Spurs.

Watch Jackson's first interview as a member of the Clippers.

"It's a blessing just to be back and get another opportunity to play
again," Jackson said. "The way the season ended last year I just wanted
to get back and approach the game different this year and get back and
do what I love to do and that's play basketball. I'm just thankful that
the Clippers gave me an opportunity with some great young guys, a great
team and to just be a part of it."

The Clippers were forced to look at options in the free agent market after J.J. Redick, Matt Barnes and Reggie Bullock suffered injuries.

"That's a guy you can bring in and hopefully he can give you something
right away," Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. "He fits that bill for us, a guy who can hit shots and
defend and give us some toughness, so I thought it was a good fit.
After doing all our research and talking to a lot of people we thought
we’d take the jump."

The 6-foot-8 Jackson has played 13 seasons with New Jersey, Atlanta, Indiana, Golden State, Charlotte, Milwaukee and San Antonio, and brings career averages of 15.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 32.1 minutes in 849 career games.