Stephen Jackson

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have placed forward Stephen Jackson on waivers.

Jackson, who was in his second stint with the Spurs, saw action in 55 games this season, averaging 6.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 19.5 minutes.

According to the Associated Press, “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.”

A 13-year NBA veteran, Jackson has appeared in 849 career games, averaging 15.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.30 steals in 32.1 minutes.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, ““We’re getting ready to playoffs and putting our team together, what we want to do and who we want to do it with,” head coach Gregg Popovich said. “We thought making this decision with Jack was best for the group. “Tough decision, because on a personal basis, I’ve known him a long time and I enjoy him very much. But you’ve got to make decisions that are tough sometimes. We thought this was best for our group.” Popovich said Jackson had not violated team policy. He also declined to address reports that Jackson was upset with his role. Jackson, who did not make the recent trip to Denver for unspecified reasons, had been averaging 6.2 points on 37.3-percent shooting this season. “You’ll have to ask Jack,” he said. “It’s basketball business. Family business. I don’t go into detail on that sort of thing.”

The Spurs roster now stands at 14.

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