Sixers sign injured Pierre Jackson to partially guaranteed deal

Posted: July 26, 2014

The 76ers signed injured point guard Pierre Jackson to a one-year, partially guaranteed contract Thursday.

The 5-foot-10 rookie will be sidelined six to 12 months after rupturing his right Achilles tendon July 5 in a game against the Magic in the Orlando Pro Summer League. Jackson suffered the injury while attempting to make a move in the backcourt. He reached down to grab his Achilles and hopped on one leg twice before resting at midcourt.

Jackson was performing solidly before the second-quarter injury, scoring seven points on 3-for-5 shooting. He also had a steal in 6 minutes, 55 seconds of action.

"Obviously we were devastated by Pierre's injury," said Jackson's agent, Colin Bryant. "However, with the outstanding support of general manager Sam Hinkie, coach Brett Brown, and the Sixers medical staff, he is on the road to recovery and looks forward to getting healthy and returning to the court soon."

The Sixers acquired Jackson in a draft-night trade with the New Orleans Pelicans for second-round pick Russ Smith.

Jackson was a prolific scorer last season in the NBA Development League, averaging 29.1 points.


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