Why Golden State will struggle to trade Stephen Jackson
After all, Jackson, a 31 year old veteran, can't like the current state of the Golden State Warriors. On-court, the club is rebuilding around some nice young pieces, but are probably in tough for the 2010 playoffs. Off-court, rumours are circulating that owner Chris Cohan is looking to sell the club, which could lead to further changes and possibly an overhaul ... Breaking NBA news mixed with analysis …
Their News: “I don’t think I’ll be a Warrior next year. I’m looking to leave,” Jackson said. It’s just things are up in the air right now. I really can’t get too much into it right now, but I’m just looking to go somewhere where I can go and win a championship.” (Stephen Jackson via DimeMag.com)
My Gut Reaction: I’m not surprised by Stephen Jackson’s trade demand.
After all, Jackson, a 31 year old veteran, can’t like the current state of the Golden State Warriors. On-court, the club is rebuilding around some nice young pieces, but are probably in tough for the 2010 playoffs. Off-court, rumours are circulating that owner Chris Cohan is looking to sell the club, which could lead to further changes and possibly an overhaul.
So uncertainty rules the day.
Jackson, who won a championship in 2003 with the San Antonio Spurs, wants out and is hoping to link up with a contender. His preferences are the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, and San Antonio Spurs.
If only things were so simple.
Jackson has talent, but the Cavaliers, Mavericks, Rockets, and Spurs all have between $75.0 and $80.0 million in committed salary for next year. The Knicks want to maintain flexibility for ‘The Great Free Agent Chase of 2010‘, so taking on the remaining four years and $36.0 of Jackson’s contract is unlikely.
After examining these clubs’ cap situations, I can’t see Jackson landing in Cleveland, Dallas, Houston, New York, or San Antonio. I also think Golden State could struggle to swing a trade with any team before the season kicks off.
Remember, most clubs went conservative this summer. In an uncertain economy, avoiding salary has trumped the need to add on-court talent. Few teams will want to assume Jackson’s long-term pact, unless, of course, the Warriors agree to take back salary.
Here’s where it gets complicated: Cohan likely wants to shed salary to keep the club attractive to potential buyers. He’ll accept expiring contracts for Jackson, which few teams are willing to relinquish in today’s depressed NBA.
I like Jackson’s game. However, I don’t like him taking his trade request public. The timing stinks. In a tough economy, expect a stalemate. And Warrior fans can expect to see the 6-8 swing in training camp.
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