About a hour ago, I got confirmation from Washington Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld that Erie BayHawks rookine point guard Cedric Jackson was going to sign with the Wizards.
A hour later, the D-League released the news.
I know I’ve been doing this for a long time, but it’s still cool to have some of high importance like a team president tell you what’s going on before it’s officially announced. Even if it’s just 60 minutes earlier, it’s cool for us sports writers.
After the Erie Times-News and Ridiculous Upside, a basketball blog, reported the news last night, the Washington Post posted it early this morning. On situations like this, all three publications probably got the news within two to three hours of each other, but the manner in which they reach released the news was different.
Anyway, Washington is the third NBA team Jackson has signed with this season. Jackson spent 20 days with the Cleveland Cavaliers and most recently 10 with the San Antonio Spurs.
The guy has everything you want in a point guard, but his two issues right now are his health and his jump shot.
Because he goes to the basket so much, Jackson takes a ton of hits. I asked him once what part of his body hasn’t been hurt this season, he smiled and said, “I don’t want to jinx myself.”
The rookie out of Cleveland State has missed games due to bruised ribs and hurt his ankle for certain this season.
However, he could kill two birds with one stone by hitting that jump shot more consistently. Jackson is shooting 27 percent from 3-point range.
If he can raise that number to at least the mid-30s, Jackson becomes an even tougher cover on the offensive end.