How much did Reggie Jackson have to pay for his Lakers jersey?
The NBA’s newest star, Reggie Jackson, will be wearing his new jersey during tomorrow’s All-Star Game, but not just because he has a new team.
The Los Angeles Lakers announced this morning that Jackson, who was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in March, will wear his No. 8 during the game.
But the Lakers won’t be giving away any of Jackson’s jerseys.
The franchise’s owner, Joe Lacob, told ESPN that the Lakers are simply giving Jackson a free jersey for wearing the jersey during the All-star Game.
And Jackson’s agent, Jeff Weltman, said that the free jersey was the “only free jersey the NBA has in this case,” according to The Associated Press.
Weltmann, who also represented Michael Jordan during his time with the Los Angeles Clippers, told AP that he and Jackson had “no idea” if the jersey would be given away.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated earlier this year, Jackson said the jersey was “worth the price of admission.”
The NBA and the league’s owners have said that they have no intention of giving away free jerseys.
But this isn’t the first time the league has offered free jerseys to players.
Back in 2014, the Miami Heat gave out a free pair of Lakers jerseys to guard Dion Waiters and forward Justise Winslow.
And the Cleveland Cavaliers gave out two jerseys to center J.R. Smith, who is the son of Michael Jordan, in 2016.