Timberwolves Sign Forward Justin Jackson to 10-Day Contract

    ‣ The Minnesota Timberwolves are signing free agent forward Justin Jackson to a 10-day contract, aiming to bolster their roster and perimeter shooting.
    ‣ Justin Jackson has had a varied career across several NBA teams, including notable stints with the Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks, and a championship win with the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2021 NBA Finals.
    ‣ The Timberwolves had a deadline to sign a 14th player to their roster and by signing Jackson, they remain $1.4 million below the luxury tax threshold. Jackson’s performance in the G League with the Texas Legends, where he averaged 19.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists, likely contributed to this decision.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have made a move. They’re signing free agent forward Justin Jackson to a 10-day contract. That’s what sources are whispering. At 28, Jackson’s had a bit of a journey. Last seen in the NBA with the Boston Celtics during the 2022-23 season.

His time in Boston? Well, it was quiet. In 23 games off the bench, he posted career lows across the board. We’re talking 0.9 points, 0.7 rebounds, and 0.4 assists per game. His time on the court? A mere 4.7 minutes. And his shooting? Let’s just say it wasn’t his best year – 25.9% from the floor and 25% from beyond the arc.

But let’s zoom out a bit. Over 278 career NBA games, including 61 starts, Jackson’s averages are a bit brighter. He’s managed 6.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.0 assist over an average of 17.6 minutes per game. His shooting percentages? 42.3% from the field and 31.9% from 3-point range. Not too shabby.

Oh, and there’s this little tidbit – Minnesota had a deadline. They needed to sign a 14th player by Thursday. Now, they’re sitting $1.4M below the luxury tax. Thanks, Bobby Marks, for the heads up.

Remember the 2017 NBA Draft? The 6-foot-8 wing was picked 15th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers. Straight out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. But, plot twist, he was immediately traded to the Sacramento Kings.

His rookie season with the Kings was promising. In 68 games, 41 of which he started, Jackson averaged 6.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.1 assists. He was on the court for an average of 22.1 minutes per game. And his shooting? 44.2% from the floor and 30.8% from 3-point range.

Fast forward to the 2018-19 season. Jackson played 52 games for Sacramento, starting in 3, before being traded to the Dallas Mavericks. He hit a career-high 7.2 points per game that year. His shooting? A solid 44.7% from the field.

Dallas, Oklahoma City Thunder, Milwaukee Bucks. Jackson’s been around. He even snagged a ring with Milwaukee in the 2021 NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns. The following season? He played a game off the bench for the Celtics and six for the Suns’ second unit. Averaging 2.1 points in 5.1 minutes per game.

The Timberwolves had their eye on Jackson back in 2017. They were really interested. And now, after a stint with the Texas Legends, Dallas’ G League affiliate, where he’s been lighting it up, they’ve finally got him. In 35 games with Texas, he’s averaged 19.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists. His shooting? Impressive – 48% from the floor, 42.7% from downtown, and 86.8% at the foul line.

But here’s the kicker. The Timberwolves had until Thursday to sign a 14th player. They’ve done it, but once Jackson’s 10-day contract expires, they might be in the same boat. Currently, they’re $1.4 million below the luxury tax. Jackson’s 10-day deal? It’s worth $145,301. And the cap hit for the Wolves? Projected at $116,075.

James Shotwell
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