Jackson opened the season with the Mavericks, but ended up playing in just four games, where he averaged 3.0 points and 1.8 assists over 7.0 minutes. He was waived by the Mavericks just over a week ago, but will now rejoin the team on a 10-day contract. Look for Jackson to operate as a depth option in the backcourt at point guard, although he'll likely struggle to see the floor in competitive matchups, with guys like Deron Williams, J.J. Barea, Devin Harris and Seth Curry all above him on the depth chart.
The Mavericks waived Jackson on Friday, ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports.
Jackson has impressed the Mavericks during his brief time with the club and his previous stint with the D-League's Texas Legends, but it appears that Dallas didn't want to commit to guaranteeing his contract for the remainder of the 2016-17. That being said, the Mavericks are still hopeful to sign the point guard later on in January, according to Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News reports. Assuming Jackson clears waivers, he's expected to head back to the Legends to play in three games before re-signing with the Mavericks on a 10-day contract next weekend.
Jackson registered seven points (2-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two assists and one rebound across 11 minutes during a 123-107 loss to Houston on Tuesday.
Jackson got immediate playing time with the Mavs after being signed Tuesday from the Mavs' D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends. Devin Harris hasn't played very well as the backup point guard, so Jackson may have a shot at some decent minutes as the backup to Deron Williams while J.J. Barea (Achilles) is out.
Jackson's signing isn't official yet, but in order to make room for the point guard, the Mavericks will have to waive a player, as the roster already sits at 15 men. Fellow point guard Jonathan Gibson, who has played in only five of the last eight games while seeing no more six minutes in any contest, seems most at risk of losing his roster spot to Jackson. A former second-round pick by the 76ers in 2013, Jackson has bounced around the D-League and foreign clubs since turning pro, but it now looks like he'll have an opportunity to make his NBA debut. The 25-year-old has been lighting it up this season for the Mavs' D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends, averaging 29.1 points (on 54% shooting), 6.0 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 3.3 three-pointers and 1.9 steals in 35.7 minutes per game over his 10 appearances with the club.
Jackson signed a contract Friday with KK Cedevita Zagreb of the Croatian A-1 Liga, international basketball writer David Pick reports.
Jackson, a second-round pick of the 76ers in 2013, has thrived in the D-League and overseas with Fenerbahce Ulker of the Turkish Basketball Super League since turning pro, but he's still waiting on his NBA debut. It appears those opportunities are waning for the 25-year-old, who will head back to Europe after failing to receive a training camp invite from an NBA team.
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