The Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets are gearing up for a title chase.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Saturday this veteran point guard Reggie Jackson is finalizing a contract buyout with the Charlotte Hornets and plans to sign with the Nuggets after getting the waivers. Jackson was just traded to Charlotte by the LA Clippers (along with a second-round pick) in exchange for center Mason Plumlee.
The 32-year-old Jackson, who has averaged 14.4 points per game over the past two NBA seasons combined, should be a speedy forward on the bench for Denver. He’ll likely function as the backup point guard behind Jamal Murray and effectively replace Bones Hyland, who was just traded by the Nuggets to (incidentally) Jackson’s former team, the Clippers.
Denver already leads the West 39-18 this season and now appears to be building up playoff depth. It looks like Jackson, who is still chasing his first career NBA title, Chose them over another top competitor.