2:03pm: Jackson has officially been waived, according to the Clippers.
8:43am: The Clippers have yet to make it official, but “signs are pointing” to Stephen Jackson being released by today’s guarantee deadline, says Dan Woike of the Orange County Register (via Twitter). Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com echoes that sentiment, tweeting that it’s a safe bet the Clips will waive Jackson.
Jackson signed a non-guaranteed deal with the Clippers last month, but hasn’t seen significant action, despite the fact that Matt Barnes, Reggie Bullock, and J.J. Redick have all missed time with various ailments. In nine appearances, the 35-year-old has played 11.9 minutes per game, averaging just 1.7 PPG with a .231 FG% and a 0.2 PER. He was the team’s only healthy, active player not to see action in last night’s blowout of the Magic.
The Clippers also waived Maalik Wayns‘ non-guaranteed contract this week, but immediately filled Wayns’ spot on the roster by signing Darius Morris to a 10-day contract. So if and when L.A. officially releases Jackson, it will reduce the club’s roster count to 14 players — 13 guaranteed deals, plus Morris’ 10-day deal. That open roster spot would give the Clips the flexibility to add another player on a 10-day contract, or even to pursue Andrew Bynum, once he clears waivers.