All signs on Wednesday night seemed to point to the draft rights of NBA D-League All-Star Pierre Jackson being dealt on Thursday before the 3 p.m. Trade Deadline. With just over three hours remaining until the deadline, though, the New Orleans Pelicans—who hold Jackson’s draft rights as a result of a draft-day trade last summer—haven’t been able to make a move involving the D-League’s leading scorer.
The Pelicans are now essentially being pressed by Jackson to make a deal in the remaining hours before the deadline. According to Ismail Senol of NTV Spor in Turkey, Jackson has signed a deal with Fenerbahce Ulker in Turkey. However, ESPN’s Marc Stein adds that Jackson has an out in his deal with the Turkish club that will allow him to stay in the NBA or D-League if New Orleans can make a trade happen.
As I’ve noted on several occasions, Jackson has been tearing it up for the Idaho Stampede this season, putting up nearly 30 points and over six assists per game while shooting over 44 percent from the floor and near 35 percent from three. With a player that’s doing what Jackson has right out of college, even in the D-League, it’s hard to imagine the Pelicans wanting to let go of his draft rights.
However, the Pelicans are pretty set at the point guard position, even though Jrue Holiday is injured. They still seem committed to developing Austin Rivers and have Brian Roberts still in tow. Finding a team that needs depth at point guard to trade with could give them either a piece for this season or an asset/pick for the future in exchange for Jackson. It basically lies with the Pelicans now regarding if Jackson will stay in the states or be heading overseas for the rest of the year.