3 ways Golden State Warriors benefit from Stephen Jackson trade
It’s addition by subtraction. This is what the Golden State Warriors were surely thinking when they pulled the trigger on the Stephen Jackson trade, shipping their most talented player and captain to the Charlotte Bobcats for veterans Raja Bell and Vladimir Radmanovic …
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Their News: The Golden State Warriors on Monday offloaded disgruntled forward Stephen Jackson to a non playoff team, sending him to the Charlotte Bobcats instead of dealing him to one of Jackson’s preferred destinations in Cleveland. (Marc Stein, ESPN)
Our Quick Analysis: It’s addition by subtraction.
This is what the Golden State Warriors were surely thinking when they pulled the trigger on the Stephen Jackson trade, shipping their most talented player and captain to the Charlotte Bobcats for veterans Raja Bell and Vladimir Radmanovic.
Bell and Radmanovic are serviceable, but the Warriors – after Jackson publicly requested a trade and feuded with Coach Don Nelson -had to accept less than equal value for the moody swing.
Not all is lost. In cutting their losses, the Warriors achieved three things.
First, trading Jackson shields youngsters Stephen Curry and Anthony Randolph from some negativity in the locker room. This still isn’t enough. To truly improve the club’s culture, Nelson must find professionals who will mentor his two blue-chippers.
Second, owner Chris Cohan wants to sell the team. Swapping Jackson’s multi-year contract for Bell’s expiring deal and Radmanovic’s two season deal saves the club $23 million. Improving the bottom line makes it easier for Cohan to find a buyer.
Third, having Jackson in uniform reminded everyone of Nelson’s incompetence. Not long ago, the two were bosom buddies, golfing together and tossing each other bouquets and compliments in the media.
So Nelson, through his lackeys in the front office, re-upped with Jackson well before his contract expired. The ink on his extension was barely dry when Jackson went public with his trade demand, which made Nelson look awfully foolish. Today’s deal was a matter of out of sight, out of mind and allowed the Warriors to save some face.
Golden State will benefit from moving Jackson. It remains to be seen if this addition by subtraction trade will translate into more wins, though.
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