Spurs waive forward Stephen Jackson
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs waived forward Stephen Jackson on Friday, ending his second stint with the team.
The 13-year NBA veteran averaged 6.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 19.5 minutes in 55 games this season. In 849 games with San Antonio, New Jersey, Atlanta, Indiana, Golden State, Charlotte and Milwaukee, he has averaged 15.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.30 steals and 32.1 minutes.
Because he was released after March 1, Jackson - a member of San Antonio's 2003 NBA championship team - is ineligible for the playoffs if he signs with another team. The move came about half an hour before the Spurs were scheduled to take their annual team photo.
Fighting injuries, San Antonio is battling Oklahoma City for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
Point guard Tony Parker missed two straight games because of a sore neck and left ankle before returning Wednesday night in a loss to Denver, and Manu Ginobili is expected to miss the rest of the regular season because of a strained right hamstring. Boris Diaw, a reserve forward, will miss three to four weeks after having surgery Friday to have a synovial cyst from his lumbar spine.