Mavs sign free agent Pierre Jackson
The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free
agent guard Pierre Jackson. Per team policy, terms of the deal were
not disclosed. In a related move, the Mavericks also requested waivers
on guard Jonathan Gibson.
Jackson (5-11, 176) has appeared in 10 games (all starts) for
the Mavericks’ D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends, this season. He
averaged 29.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.9 steals and 35.7
minutes per game in those 10 contests.
A native of Las Vegas, Jackson is no stranger to Texas after
transferring from College of Southern Idaho to play the final two
years of his collegiate career at Baylor University in Waco. While at
Baylor, Jackson averaged 16.7 points, 6.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds in
74 games while earning Second Team All-Big 12 twice and Associated
Press Honorable Mention All-America in 2012.
Jackson was drafted in the second round (No. 42 overall) by the
Philadelphia 76ers in the 2013 NBA Draft and had his draft rights,
along with Jrue Holiday, traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in
exchange for Nerlens Noel. Jackson spent the 2013-14 campaign with
ASVEL Basket in France. He returned from overseas to compete with the
Pelicans Summer League squad in the summer of 2014, but suffered a
ruptured right Achilles that cost him the season. Jackson played with
the 76ers Summer League team in 2015, but was later waived after
appearing in three preseason games for Philadelphia.
Jackson holds career D-League averages of 25.9 points, 3.6
rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.7 steals and 36.9 minutes in 49 games (37
starts) with the Idaho Stampede and Texas Legends. On Feb. 4, 2014, he
set the D-League single-game scoring record with 58 points against the
Legends (Jordan McRae later broke it with a 61-point game in January
2016 and Russ Smith topped that with 65-point night in March 2016).
Jackson was named to the Futures All-Star roster for the 2014 NBA
D-League All-Star Game.
Jackson will wear No. 55 for the Mavericks.
Gibson (6-2, 185) played on the Mavericks’ 2016 Las Vegas summer
league team and also spent the 2016 preseason with Dallas. He appeared
in 17 regular-season games for Dallas in 2016-17, averaging 6.2
points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 13.6 minutes.
In his second career NBA game at Orlando on Nov. 19, Gibson
tallied a career-high (game-high) 26 points (8-16 FGs, 5-9 3FGs, 5-6
FTs) to go along with six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 32
minutes off the Mavericks’ bench. He became the first undrafted player
to score at least 26 points in either his first or second career NBA
game since Lloyd Daniels scored 26 for the Spurs in his second career
game at Denver on Nov. 7, 1992.