The former Baylor standout initially joined the Mavs back in December, only to be waived shortly after. He then re-signed with Dallas on a pair of 10-day contracts, but the team has apparently decided not to keep him around for the duration of the 2016-17 season. Jackson, a prolific scorer in college, could garner some looks from other NBA teams, but he may have to try his luck in the D-League or return to playing overseas. Jackson appeared in eight games for the Mavs, averaging 4.4 points and 2.4 assists in 10.5 minutes. To fill Jackson's spot on the roster, Dallas signed Yogi Ferrell to a 10-day contract Friday.
Jackson has a left hamstring strain and is doubtful to return during Thursday's matchup against the Thunder, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.
Before exiting the game, Jackson saw 13 minutes and provided nine points (4-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt), four assists, and two rebounds. It remains to be seen how serious the injury is moving forward, but it's unlikely he will return to Thursday's game.
Jackson will draw the start at point guard for Thursday's tilt against the Thunder, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.
In a lineup switch just prior to tipoff, coach Rick Carlisle will insert Jackson into the starting five at the point guard slot after it was previously reported that Devin Harris would start. Jackson is averaging 7.0 points and 4.0 assists across 21.0 minutes per game over the past two contests.
Jackson initially signed a partially-guaranteed deal with the Mavericks in late December following a standout stint with the D-League's Texas Legends, but the team ultimately decided to waive him earlier this month before his contract would have become fully guaranteed. The team always planned to re-sign Jackson to a 10-day contract, and after he impressed on his first short-term deal, he'll be inked to another. Once the second 10-day deal expires Feb. 3, the Mavericks would have to either waive Jackson or sign him to a contract for the remainder of the 2016-17 season. With J.J. Barea (calf) out through the All-Star break, the team could have some incentive to keep Jackson the rest of the way, especially after he impressed in the team's last game Sunday against the Lakers with 10 points, five assists, two rebounds and one steal over 18 minutes.
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.
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