Has Idaho Stampede star Pierre Jackson played his last game for team?

bmurphy@idahostatesman.comFebruary 20, 2014 

Star guard Pierre Jackson is still a member of the Idaho Stampede. For now.

Jackson, the Stampede's leading scorer, an NBA Development League all-star and the league's top prospect, did not play in Idaho's victory against Maine on Wednesday night for "personal reasons."

Now his Stampede season may be over for professional reasons.

The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 1 p.m. Mountain. Jackson, whose rights are held by the New Orleans Pelicans, is hoping the Pelicans call him up to the NBA or trade his rights to another NBA team that will. If not, Jackson appears headed to Turkey to continue his career, according to national and international reports.

"(Europe's) on the back of my mind," Jackson told CBSSports.com over All-Star Weekend. "My family needs the money. I need to provide for my family so whatever I have to do, I'll have to. The NBA's always been my dream, and I think I'm good enough to play there. But the way the cards are dealt, I may have to go overseas for my career."

Players in the D-League make about $25,000 during the season. Jackson, a 5-foot-11 point guard from Baylor, was drafted in the second round of the NBA Draft. He went to France to begin his career, but returned to the U.S. after his grandmother became sick. She is better now.

"my phone blowing up Im still In the Dleague as of now," Jackson tweeted Thursday morning after several reports linked him to Turkish team, Fenerbahce.

"It's believed Pierre Jackson's reported deal w/Fenerbahce in Turkey has NBA out 'til Friday. Might allow him to stay if Pels find deal today," ESPN's Mark Stein tweeted earlier in the day.

"Pierre Jackson will join Fenerbahçe Ülker if he can't find a roster spot in NBA before today's deadline," tweeted Ismail Senol (@ismailsenol), an Istanbul-based sports reporter.

Jackson is averaging 29.1 points per game, second in the D-League. Jackson scored a D-League record 58 points in a game earlier this season.

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