Though one had to cringe every time Nerlens Noel hit the hardwood during the 76ers pair of Summer League schedules, the much-anticipated professional debut of the 2013 6th overall pick concluded with him maintaining his clean bill of health. One would have to say that the returns on the team’s exhibition season were generally positive, all things considering. Unlike Noel, newly acquired guard Pierre Jackson did not make it through even his first game without suffering a season-ending Achilles injury. After an effective debut, the bouncy guard crumbled to the floor near midcourt. It was painful to watch the team’s potential backup point guard of the future writhing on the court, as Jackson’s apparent pain indicated the severity of the injury.
Though it will not put much of a dent into the multiple million gap the team must make up in order to reach the league-mandated salary floor, the organization made an effective use of potentially $5o7,336 of it as they signed Jackson to a yearlong deal, despite the fact that he will not play a single game for them.
Sixers have signed Pierre Jackson.
— Mark Deeks (@MarkDeeksNBA) July 24, 2014
Mark Deeks reported the deal first. The 2013 42nd overall pick will make a guaranteed $400,000 as he undergoes rehab on the injury. The team will assess the success of the recovery this time next season to decide if Jackson is healthy enough to validate another contract.
Jackson had been underused by the Pelicans last season. After shining in the developmental league, the acquisition of the young guard figured into Philadelphia’s backcourt future. His injury will most certainly test his patience yet again as his NBA career is put further on hold. Injuries can affect the optimism level on any athlete, let alone one who has yet to play consistently in a competitive capacity. For the organization to show this sort of gesture and give him the peace of mind that they value him enough to rehab with a probable position in the future. Jackson could be an interesting addition to the young Sixers as they search for players to spell Michael Carter-Williams. I, for one, am happy we will able to see what kind of future Jackson can have with the 76ers.