HoopsHype Pierre Jackson rumors

February 20, 2014 Updates
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With the NBA’s trade deadline two days away, the Cavaliers have shown interest in acquiring the rights of point guard Pierre Jackson, among other deals, league sources told the Akron Beacon Journal. Jackson is a 5-foot-10 guard out of Baylor who is now caught in limbo in the Development League. Jackson was drafted in the second round last year by the Philadelphia 76ers and traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans never signed him, but still possess his draft rights. Jackson is averaging 29.1 points and 6.2 assists with the Idaho Stampede. He set a D-League record last month by scoring 58 points in a victory against the Texas Legends. Akron Beacon Journal

February 17, 2014 Updates
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Jackson, a 5-foot-8 guard who was selected in the second round last summer then dealt to the New Orleans Pelicans as part of the draft-night deal that brought Jrue Holiday to New Orleans, said he hopes to get a call up to the NBA soon. But he admitted he doesn't know when that day will come. "That's still up in the air," Jackson said. "I'm just trying to enjoy this weekend as much fun as I can and take in all of the (scenes). I'll leave that up to my agent to figure out." New Orleans Times-Picayune

With reports of other NBA teams' interest in Jackson swirling, the Pelicans and Jackson's agent Colin Bryant continue to talk, according to a league source. Although Jackson never signed a contract with the Pelicans, the team still holds his rights. Jackson, the leading scorer in NBADL who also scored a league-record 58 points earlier this month, showcased his skills Saturday afternoon, scoring 30 points on 11 of 16 shooting and finishing with eight assists in his Future's team 145-142 loss to the Prospects in the NBADL All-Star Game. New Orleans Times-Picayune

February 15, 2014 Updates

Jackson exists in a weird purgatory, stuck in the NBA D-League with the Idaho Stampede. The Pelicans have not renounced his draft rights, which would make him a free agent, and they haven't signed him, even after an injury to Jrue Holiday. He can't be called up by another team. He can't sign with another team. All he can do is work on his game in the D-League and hope something, anything happens before he's forced to head to Europe for the money. "(Europe's) on the back of my mind," Jackson told CBSSports.com over All-Star Weekend. "My family needs the money. I need to provide for my family so whatever I have to do, I'll have to. "The NBA's always been my dream, and I think I'm good enough to play there. But the way the cards are dealt, I may have to go overseas for my career." CBSSports.com

Jackson exists in a weird purgatory, stuck in the NBA D-League with the Idaho Stampede. The Pelicans have not renounced his draft rights, which would make him a free agent, and they haven't signed him, even after an injury to Jrue Holiday. He can't be called up by another team. He can't sign with another team. All he can do is work on his game in the D-League and hope something, anything happens before he's forced to head to Europe for the money. "(Europe's) on the back of my mind," Jackson told CBSSports.com over All-Star Weekend. "My family needs the money. I need to provide for m family so whatever I have to do, I'll have to. "The NBA's always been my dream, and I think I'm good enough to play there. But the way the cards are dealt, I may have to go overseas for my career." CBSSports.com

Jackson says he knows teams are looking for a backup, and that he envisons his role as an energy player. Still, being a guy who's dropping nearly 30 points a game gets frustrating since still no team will "come and get him" by trading for his rights from the Pelicans. Jackson sounds nearly desperate when he says "I just want something to really stand out so I can get called up. The 58 didn't do that for me, so maybe I gotta score 60," he jokes. CBSSports.com

January 15, 2014 Updates

Guard Pierre Jackson, the rookie sensation of the NBA Development League, has been unable to reach a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, who hold his rights after drafting him 42nd overall last year. Shortly before Pelians point guard Jrue Holiday was ruled out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his right tibia on Jan. 10, representatives for Jackson requested and received permission to explore trade opportunities. Jackson's agents, who also represent Holiday, met with Pelicans general manager Dell Demps this week, but Jackson still doesn't have a contract with the Pelicans. "I'm disappointed the Pelicans have decided not to call up Pierre," Jackson's agent, Colin Bryant, told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. "He has proved he is ready for the NBA and deserves a call-up." USA Today Sports

For the time being, New Orleans has decided to stick with the guards it has. New Orleans, also without sharp-shooting forward Ryan Anderson, has lost six consecutive games, is 1-7 in last its last eight and 4-12 since beating Memphis on Dec. 13. "While we hope they reconsider their decision, we will continue to explore other options," Bryant said. USA Today Sports

In August, Jackson signed a contract with French club ASVEL Villeurbanne, of which San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker owns 20%. Jackson never played a game for Asvel and left to be closer to his ailing grandmother in Las Vegas. "The original plan for Pierre was to play in Europe and develop for a year," Bryant said. "Unfortunately, due to personal reasons, he returned to the U.S. He joined the Idaho Stampede and has become the D-League's top prospect. We believe his game advanced much quicker than the Pelicans expected." USA Today Sports

January 12, 2014 Updates

Q: At the start of the season did you think that you would still be playing in the D-League at this point in the season? Pierre Jackson: Um, yeah. I mean the goal remains the same and that’s to play in the NBA. Unfortunately, in my situation it hasn’t happened yet, but all of that comes with patience and time. Hopefully the opportunity presents itself sooner than later, but until then I’m going to play for the Idaho Stampede and try to win games.” D-League Digest

January 11, 2014 Updates

After 17 games over five days, here is one man's All-Showcase Team from the D-League's annual January extravaganza that brings every single franchise in the 17-team developmental circuit to the same city to audition for executives and scouts from all over the NBA map: GUARDS Pierre Jackson (Idaho Stampede): Jackson's NBA rights were acquired by the New Orleans Pelicans on draft night as part of the Nerlens Noel-Jrue Holiday blockbuster. ESPN.com

January 6, 2014 Updates

The Pelicans could be seeking a draft pick or a player making a minimum salary in a trade for Jackson's draft rights, a source told Yahoo Sports. "Pierre is playing great," Jackson's agent, Colin Bryant, said from the D-League Showcase here Monday. "I have a great relationship with [Pelicans general manager] Dell Demps. We're working together to do what is best for both Pierre and the Pelicans." Yahoo! Sports

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