Mavericks sign free-agent guard Pierre Jackson

DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent guard Pierre Jackson. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. In a related move, the Mavericks also requested waivers on guard Jonathan Gibson.

Jackson (5-11, 176) has appeared in 10 games (all starts) for the Mavericks’ D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends, this season. He averaged 29.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.9 steals and 35.7 minutes per game in those 10 contests.

A native of Las Vegas, Jackson is no stranger to Texas after transferring from College of Southern Idaho to play the final two years of his collegiate career at Baylor University in Waco. While at Baylor, Jackson averaged 16.7 points, 6.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 74 games while earning Second Team All-Big 12 twice and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America in 2012.

Jackson was drafted in the second round (No. 42 overall) by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2013 NBA Draft and had his draft rights, along with Jrue Holiday, traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Nerlens Noel. Jackson spent the 2013-14 campaign with ASVEL Basket in France. He returned from overseas to compete with the Pelicans Summer League squad in the summer of 2014, but suffered a ruptured right Achilles that cost him the season. Jackson played with the 76ers Summer League team in 2015, but was later waived after appearing in three preseason games for Philadelphia.

Jackson holds career D-League averages of 25.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.7 steals and 36.9 minutes in 49 games (37 starts) with the Idaho Stampede and Texas Legends. On Feb. 4, 2014, he set the D-League single-game scoring record with 58 points against the Legends (Jordan McRae later broke it with a 61-point game in January 2016 and Russ Smith topped that with 65-point night in March 2016). Jackson was named to the Futures All-Star roster for the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game.

Jackson will wear No. 55 for the Mavericks.

Gibson (6-2, 185) played on the Mavericks’ 2016 Las Vegas summer league team and also spent the 2016 preseason with Dallas. He appeared in 17 regular-season games for Dallas in 2016-17, averaging 6.2 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 13.6 minutes.

In his second career NBA game at Orlando on Nov. 19, Gibson tallied a career-high (game-high) 26 points (8-16 FGs, 5-9 3FGs, 5-6 FTs) to go along with six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 32 minutes off the Mavericks’ bench. He became the first undrafted player to score at least 26 points in either his first or second career NBA game since Lloyd Daniels scored 26 for the Spurs in his second career game at Denver on Nov. 7, 1992.