Reggie Jackson Makes Major Sacrifice To Re-sign With Kawhi Leonard’s Clippers

Published 08/06/2021, 2:13 PM EDT
Jun 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers guard Reggie Jackson (1) celebrates beating the Utah Jazz in game six in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Clippers, following a choke job in the Orlando Bubble had something to prove coming into this season. With the promotion of former champion head coach Tyronn Lue following the firing of Doc Rivers L.A. targeted a cultural change heading into the 2020-21 season. With Lue as the outspoken leader of the franchise, the Clippers rode through it all, making it to their first ever WCF in the process.

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One of their key pieces in a franchise playoffs first was PG Reggie Jackson, a walking bucket who stepped up in Kawhi’s absence. Hitting shot after shot in crunch moments, Jackson, is headed for a 22-million $ payday as he is now guaranteed to return to Clipper Nation in 2021.

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Brought into the fold to boost the roster’s offensive arsenal, Reggie brought his A-game to the table. Therefore, as most experts predicted, Jackson is heading for a big payday with Clipper Nation this offseason.

Playoff payday for Reggie Jackson

Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news just over an hour ago, detailing the intricacies of Jackson’s return to L.A. In a contract that spans over 2 years, Reggie will now earn 11-million $ this season, with no player/team option till 2023.

The L.A. Clippers front office straight up offered Jackson the maximum available contract using his Early Bird Rights clause with a minimum of 2 seasons. Anyhow, Clipper fans aren’t complaining, especially not after he proved his scoring prowess averaging 17.8ppg on 48.4% shooting from the field and 40.8% from 3.

After being acquired via the buy-out market in late 2020, a DNP in the bubble playoffs saw Jackson’s value dip. However, his return to the franchise on a minimum contract proved a win win for both sides, in a season where he now cashes out with the pay day he’s about to sign!

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With PG13, Reggie Jackson, Marcus Morris and Luke Kennard now locked up for the foreseeable future, all eyes are on Kawhi Leonard’s free agency. The Clippers were the highest ranked from the 3pt range, and with this cast now set to continue in a Clippers jersey, this trend is likely to continue.

Jan 29, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; LA Clippers guard Reggie Jackson (1) and forward Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrate a basket to end the third quarter against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

As the remaining franchises load up to cash in against a Kawhi-less Clippers in the West, how do you think the current cast will fare next season?

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Nikhil Naik

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Nikhil Naik is an NBA writer at EssentialySports. Having completed his bachelor's degree in Hospitality, he has worked with the Indian Hotels Company Limited, at the Taj in Mumbai. Nikhil has been playing basketball since 2014.

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