Report: Stephen Jackson Finally Gets His Wish, Traded To Charlotte

Warriors F Stephen Jackson was suspended two games over the weekend for "conduct detrimental to the team." On Tuesday, he told the team he didn't want to be a captain anymore.

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Did The Bobcats Just Become More Dysfunctional Than The Warriors?

 

What’s that? Warriors’ President Robert Rowell said Don Nelson’s job is safe? Okay then… so they’re definitely still the most dysfunctional team in the NBA. But doubtless, Charlotte closed the gap this morning by trading for Stephen Jackson. With this, the Bobcats—a team thought to be immersed in financial turmoil—well, as Chad Ford notes, "In 2011 they will owe $36 million to 4 role players Diaw, Diop, Wallace and Jackson." And remember when they traded Emeka Okafor for Tyson Chandler in what was ostensibly a salary dump? Now they’re taking on a guy who’s due to make nearly $30 over the next three years. What’s the plan here?

As ESPN’s Bobcats blog wonders:

Stephen Jackson to the Bobcats? Why? Just why?

Over at the Sporting News, though, Bethlehem Shoals offers a slightly more measured reaction:

For the Bobcats, shoot, they get an aging, but not aged, all-around contributor who falls into line when feeling secure and productive. Honestly, I don’t see how Jackson can hurt, provided he’s not a disruption. He just offers too much on the court, and that team lacks too much, for it not to be worth the gamble. Plus, if they ever get a Felton/Jackson/Wallace/Diaw/Chandler starting five going, that could be some serious future-ball.

So, he’s aging, sure, but he won’t hurt the team, and with his talent and Charlotte’s needs he could be a breath of fresh air. Especially if he can coexist with Larry Brown. So maybe this trade isn’t that nonsensical, and the Bobcats aren’t that crazy. Or maybe they are. Either way, the Golden State Warriors can make any franchise look sane:Picture_8_medium

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Confirmed: Yahoo Reports That Jackson Trade Is Official

According to Yahoo Sports’ Marc Spears, the trade has been completed, as Golden State sends Jackson and Acie Law to Charlotte in exchange for Vladamir Radmonovic and Raja Bell. More to come.

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Is Stephen Jackson Headed To Charlotte Today?

Well, the rumor mill has been robust for the past few weeks—but almost every report has come with a “this probably won’t happen anytime soon” disclaimer. That’s why, for the most part, we’ve ignored the chatter. But today, after a report this morning mentioned the usual suspects (DAL, CLE) as potential landing spots for Stephen Jackson, it appears we may have some real news. And it doesn’t involve a contender.

From ESPN’s Mark Stein:

Just filed to ESPN: Warriors and Bobcats are in serious talks on a Stephen Jackson trade. Very serious talks. … Deal could be completed as soon as today. Raja Bell and Radmanovic for Jackson … All signs point to this deal going down today. Warriors are also expected to send Acie Law with Jack to Charlotte for Bell and Radmanovic.

Stay tuned, but from the sound of these reports, Stephen Jackson’s about to have his trade request granted… and head to the hapless Charlotte Bobcats. Tough luck there, Jack.

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More On Stephen Jackson to Cleveland Rumors

ESPN’s Mark Stein checked in late last night with more on the Stephen Jackson rumors, cautioning that while Golden State’s definitely looking to move him, they’re in no rush to do so. But what about all the Cleveland rumors?

  • Cleveland … continues to be nominated by executives around the league as the most likely destination for Jackson. Yet we must again pass along the disclaimer that obstacles to a Cavs-Warriors swap remain, even if Cleveland’s 0-2 start has put LeBron James and his overhauled supporting cast on a path toward desperate faster than anyone imagined.
  • Sources say that both LeBron and Shaq — although they have no plans to say so publicly – like the idea of acquiring Jackson. But Cleveland’s reluctance to part with Zydrunas Ilgauskas and his $11.5 million expiring contract in the exchange, which would make the Cavs smaller as a team and strip them of their O’Neal injury insurance, has been well chronicled.
  • If the Warriors were willing to package Ronny Turiaf along with Jackson or planning to waive Ilgauskas after they got him – potentially setting up Big Z to rejoin the Cavs after a 30-day wait as seen last season with Antonio McDyess – Cleveland’s perspective would presumably change. Every signal I’m getting, though, suggests that Golden State would be amenable to neither of those scenarios.
  • So, either another team (or two) must be recruited to help facilitate a Jackson-to-Cleveland swap. Or that deal depends on the early season discomfort in Cleveland or Golden State reaching the point that it causes one of the teams involved to amend their current stance.

So as while we said yesterday a deal would make sense for both sides, it appears one of those sides will have to get just a bit more desperate before we see something get done. And if Cleveland’s reaction in light of last night’s loss is any indication, that may happen sooner rather than later.

As for the other teams thrown out as possible destinations, New Orleans was mentioned, as well as the Clippers, and the always mysterious “other teams with serious interest in Jackson that have yet to be identified.” So there's that, too, I guess.

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Trade Talks Heating Up for Stephen Jackson

This is a very, very speculative report, but then again, that’s how every trade starts out, and with the Warriors actively and openly shopping their former captain, no rumor is totally implausible. ESPN’s Chris Broussard shared this tidbit over at True Hoop:

For now, this is a rumor because I haven’t verified it with sources close to the situation, but I’ve been told by a few people around the league that the Stephen Jackson trade talk is heating up. I’m told that Golden State is mulling several offers, and one person told me he expects something to happen within the next few days. I don’t know the particulars of any supposed offers, but I’m told Cleveland, Denver, San Antonio, New Orleans and the Los Angeles Clippers are all interested in Jackson.

Golden State wants Zydrunas Ilgauskas from Cleveland, but the Cavs aren’t willing to give him up because they need him to back up Shaq.

That trade scenario—Big Z to Golden State, Jackson to Cleveland as an extra ball handler and another perimeter threat—would seem to make sense for both sides. Cleveland’s reluctant to part ways with Big Z, as he’s valuable insurance should Shaq miss extended time with an injury, but at some point, having two lethargic 7 footers becomes redundant, and the benefits of Stephen Jackson negate the cost. Plus, Cleveland’s one of the few places where Jackson publicly said he’d want to play, so you’d have to assume he’d be on his best behavior.

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Cavs Looking at Stephen Jackson?

AOL’s Tom Ziller weighed in late last week with a look at the Jackson situation, and offered a reality check:

After the Warriors arrived to the new millennium seven years late in knocking off the Mavericks, the dismantling began. Golden State got out from under Jason Richardson’s overpriced but not obscene deal by shuffling the wing to Charlotte for Brandan Wright (a player Don Nelson has squelched almost completely). After one of the best non-playoff seasons in NBA history the following year — a year capped off by Nelson benching Baron Davis in a big game for allegedly partying late the night before — Warriors president Robert Rowell nixed an extension general manager Chris Mullin had worked out with Davis, the soul of the team. Davis responded by skirting off for Los Angeles unexpectedly. The Warriors spent the money that would have went to Davis on Corey Maggette and Ronny Turiaf. While Davis stunk in L.A., he had not stunk previously in Golden State, which runs a system more suited to his style.

In all this shuffling, Jackson somehow became the most important Warrior. So Rowell gave him a three-year extension which doesn’t even go into effect until next summer, and which contributes to the more than $35 million owed on Jackson’s contract. Jackson is currently 31 years old.

The loss of Davis combined with a bizarre injury to Monta Ellis sent the Warriors to the dregs, and sent Jackson over the edge. His issue is that Golden State hasn’t traded for a dominant big man, therefore the Warriors do not want to win, therefore he wants out. In his conversations with Spears, Jackson doesn’t seem to understand he himself has made it impossible to be traded, between his contract, his shoddy performance, and his attitude. He’s still trying to convince the world of his worth, telling Spears “there aren’t many players that play on both ends and average 20 points” and that he’s “rare.”

Jackson is certainly rare, but not for the reasons he thinks. He’s the rare top dog who is basically completely ineffective.

From there, Ziller outlines six (six!) Warriors players that surpass Jackson in value. In other words, for all the pomp of his trade demands, Jackson’s outsized reputation is far greater than his actual value to Golden State. Nonetheless, he’s still the type of player that can help a good team…

As a third option in Cleveland, perhaps? Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports:

You have not heard the last of the Stephen Jackson trade rumors involving the Cavs.

According to sources, the Cavs do have an interest in Jackson and have had some internal discussions about trading for him. He is a quality perimeter defender and has championship experience with the San Antonio Spurs. With strong team leaders and Mike Brown, who is close to Jackson and coached him in two different stops, there is a belief the Cavs could harness his good qualities and suppress his bad ones that he’s been showing in an effort to get out of Golden State.

However, right now there is no trade that works between the Cavs and Warriors. Golden State wants a big man, as they should because they need one. The Cavs don’t want to give one up. For the time being, expect the Cavs to track the developments and watch out things play out both in Cleveland and in the Bay Area. One issue that may not be a huge hang-up is Jackson’s contract, which has three years after this one. That is a red flag to many teams but the Cavs may be willing to swallow it under certain conditions. Stay tuned.

Stay tuned, indeed. If the Cavaliers were to trade for Stephen Jackson, it’d be a move subject to all sorts of skepticism, but also one that’s completely consistent with the way they’ve been doing business the past few years. Basically, the Cavs want to win, they want to win now, and they’re willing to forsake longterm financial flexibility in order to do it. Stephen Jackson would be the latest in a long line of marginal talents that on whom the Cavs have taken an expensive flier, all in the hopes of winning a title, and presumably hanging on to their prodigal son, Lebron.

They’re going to build King James a castle in Cleveland, yet—even it’s built on a flawed, expensive foundation.

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Artest Weighs In On Captain Jack

Over at Yahoo! Sports, Marc Spears contrasts Stephen Jackson’s trade demand with another public demand, that of Kobe Bryant. With some particularly great stuff from Ron Artest:

"The greatest did it before – Kobe – the greatest to ever play the game," Ron Artest said. "And he won a championship after that. He wanted to win. He didn’t want out. He wanted to win. Steve Jackson probably isn’t as talented as the greatest. But he has in his heart that he wants to win. Guys like that want to win.

"He’s a great teammate. He’s definitely loyal. He’s a four-quarter type of player.

"That’s why San Antonio wanted him. He’s a really good teammate. That’s why Indiana, we wanted him. But he’s just emotional right now. He wants to win a championship. That happens sometimes when a player wants to win a championship…

"The greatest did it. Kobe did it. So it’s nothing new."

Elsewhere, befitting a plot that’s been crazy from the start, Golden State of Mind applies Walt Whitman to Captain Jack. Perfect.

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Should the Golden State Owners Sell the Team?

Out in the Bay Area, Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News has been all over this story from the start, and he wonders whether this latest catastrophe might finally coax Golden State’s dysfunctional ownership to sell the team:

My guess is Cohan knows that the sales price is plunging–his own fault plus the economy–and in typical Warriors-fashion, he’s just holding on, pretending that things will get better despite all signs that they will not.

The cover-up is always the Warriors’ option of choice.

Maybe the Warriors get off to a 6-2 start in the easy early schedule, and their shills will bellow about the obvious greatness of this team and Cohan will think he can get $450M for this team. He can’t. He won’t.

And then the Warriors will tank when they start playing the meat of their schedule, SJax will go ballistic, and Cohan and Rowell once again will have totally misread the situation, to their own and to Warriors’ fans great detriment.

Nelson will be guffawing the whole way, because he just doesn’t care much any more.

Later, he explains the predicament currently facing the Warriors. Namely, that the only people that like Stephen Jackson less than Golden State are the other 29 teams in the NBA. That makes him—and his $35 million in salary—a bit difficult to trade:

They can try to trade Stephen Jackson to Dallas for junk and problems. Or to Cleveland for other problems and other junk.

If the Warriors can’t do either, then waive him, send him home or buy him out entirely.

Those are the last viable options for the Warriors and Jackson, who have 35.5 million reasons to wonder what the hell they have gotten themselves into here.

It’s the immovable contract meeting the irresistible farce.

Basically: How can the Warriors trade Jackson if they’re the only team gullible enough to commit so much money to such a flammable player?

In other words, this is a hopeless situation for Warriors fans. The team likely won’t be able to trade Stephen Jackson, but more to the point, the Jackson predicament is a product of much deeper dysfunction in the Golden State organization. Jackson’s mercurial behavior toward the team was entirely predictable to any NBA observer worth his salt. That would exclude the Golden State ownership, of course, who went behind their general manager’s back to sign him to a $35 million dollar extension, thus handicapping the team’s ability to trade him when said scenario (inevitably) arrived.

Well, the scenario has arrived, and the ownership is handicapped, as they scurry to paint Jackson as the scapegoat for what’s in fact a function of far more fundamental issues plaguing the organization. Namely, they don’t know what the hell they’re doing, they haven't for a while, and Jackson's only the latest example. Here's to hoping, for the fans' sake, that this forces them to sell.

(Also, if you haven't already seen it, check out Golden State of Mind's illuminating 4-part interview with Kawakami, as they mull over all aspects of the madness currently facing the Warriors. Part 1 is here, and you can go from there.)

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Look Closely: Stephen Jackson's Taking Cues From Warriors Management

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski weighed in this morning with a look at the mess in Golden State, and found that not all of the blame rests with Jackson:

In a lot of ways, Nelson set him up to fail. This way, it would be easy for Nelson to shirk his own responsibilities of lording over this young team. From Brandan Wright(notes) to Marco Belinelli(notes), it’s fair to wonder: Where’s the player development come under Nellie? What young guys are getting better? Anthony Morrow(notes) was a terrific undrafted find out of Georgia Tech, but let’s face it: Mullin invited Morrow to summer league, and he was a good player upon arrival.

As Nelson pushed more and more responsibility onto his assistant coaches, it was clear he had lost spirit in coaching these young Warriors. So many NBA executives believe he’s merely hanging around to catch Lenny Wilkens’ record for career victories, and maybe most of all, cash his checks.

For now, the Warriors are stuck with Stephen Jackson and it could be sometime until that changes. They gave him a contract that paralyzes the team and a captainship that paralyzed the player. They’ll say Jax isn’t heeding his coach, but they’ll be wrong. He watched closely and learned well the lessons of life with the Golden State Warriors. There’s no staying power here, and rest assured that didn’t start with Captain Jack turning in his badge.

Indeed, as we said yesterday, “Chaos reigns, and despite appearances, Don Nelson is very much the ring leader.” Between his seeming indifference to the everyday rigors of coaching to his inattention to some of the younger Warriors players, much of what’s gone wrong the past few years can be traced back to Nelson. No one doubts his basketball genius and knack for unconventional strategies, but as the Jackson situation illustrates, his commitment to leadership and managing a team may not be what it once was.

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Chaos Reigns in Golden State

After Stephen Jackson returned to the Warriors yesterday and both sides had a chance to sit down, talk, and assess the situation, naturally, they then spoke to the media about everything. From Marcus Thompson of the Contra-Costa Times comes Nellie's side of the story, with some excerpts from yesterday's press conference:

The prodigal son has returned. It’s good to have Jack back. We’re going to keep him in the same position, as far as my starting (small forward). He is concerned. We met this morning. What went on the meeting will remain private, in house. He served his suspension and we’re ready to roll.

You said you would try to accommodate. Would you be more likely to do that now?

Nothing’s changed. We’re still going to try to accommodate him. But it’s not that easty to do.

Jackson said the staff didn’t support him in that Lakers game. Do you feel that way?

Well it got heated between he and Kobe, and those things happen during the course of a game. He picked up some fouls and, I don’t know, it was a physical encounter as far as I concerned.

You said you can coach Jack and he wouldn’t be a problem. Did that change?

No, I think he’s going to be the same guy. We’re not asking him to be somebody different than he is. To be jack out there. He’s a good player. He played well for us. As long as he’s here. And like I said, if we get a chance to move him and its good for the organization, we will do that.

You’re OK with him being the same guy off the court?

I’m never going to ask a guy to change. He’s gotta do that himself if he wants to. It’s just like anything else, from stopping to smoke cigarettes or drugs or anything else. If you don’t want to do it yourself, nobody can do it for you. That’s up to him. He’s 31 years old, or will be this year. He’s an adult and he needs to make that decision.

While Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News sums up Jackson's side of things:

Can you tell us about this morning’s meeting with Nelson and Riley?

I mean, it was a meeting. No different than any other meeting. I go in, listen to what they’ve got to say and come back and play basketball. Whether I pay attention to it or not, that depends on me.

But I had to show up. I showed up.

Still looking to get traded?

You know I can’t answer that question. If you all don’t want me to get fined, don’t ask me those types of questions.

Did you think about appealing your suspension?

No, I mean, it is what it is. It ain’t the first time I lost money. I lost $3 million on the fight. So it is what it is.

I didn’t agree with it, if that’s what you want to hear. I definitely didn’t agree with it. If anybody saw the game, you saw how I got handled out there. I got treated wrong, no question. But it is what it is.

I can’t force them to give me money back or get the two games back, so I’m going to deal with it.

Has your relationship with Nelson changed?

Of course. Any time somebody takes a 100-something, 150 thousand dollars, of course it’s going to change, no matter who it is. If my mom took some money, I’d still love her to death but I’d still be upset about it.

And he’s not my mom. So you can imagine how I feel.

Note: The Golden State Warriors are officially approaching Oakland Raiders territory, and it's only partially related to the Jackson situation. In fact, with hilarious quotes like "I lost $3 million on the fight. It is what it is," Jackson might be considered a bright spot for the Warriors. Elsewhere, you have a team that's been building without a clear blueprint for at least the past three years, and operates according to the dueling and often times divergent whims of GM Larry Riley and Coach Don Nelson. That's not good.

When Monta Ellis is your franchise player, Monta Ellis is your franchise player. Not fun. And factor in Don Nelson's puzzling refusal to play to intriguing rookie Anthony Randolph last year--when the Warriors were on their way to losing 53 games and finishing near the bottom of the league--and you get a sense for the stubborness that Warriors fans have endured at the hands of the current regime.

Oh, and did we mention that Monta Ellis has openly questioned the addition of Stephen Curry? This is a toxic situation, with or without Jackson. Captain Jack just makes it more entertaining. Ex: "Anytime someone takes a 100-something, 150 thousand dollars ... it's going to change. And he's not my mom." The only thing missing here is Don Nelson cold-cocking an assistant, and then we'd have the perfect level of Bay Area dysfunction.

And really, don't get confused: Nelson's not innocent, here. In fact, perhaps more than anything else, the following tweet from Golden State beat writer Thompson (above) crystallizes the status quo in Golden State:

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Yeah... It's that kind of atmosphere in Golden State. Chaos reigns, and despite appearances, Don Nelson is very much the ring leader.

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Jackson Relinquishes Warriors' Captaincy

The confrontation has led to Jackson’s suspension, but now it has led to him giving up captaincy of the Warriors, too:

Stephen Jackson told Warriors general manager Larry Riley and coach Don Nelson in a private meeting on Tuesday that he didn’t want to be a captain anymore. They said that was fine with them.

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When asked about the meeting, which occurred before the team’s noon practice, Jackson said: “It was a meeting, no different than any other meeting I’ve had. I go in there, listen to what they’ve got to say and come back and play basketball. Whether I pay attention to it or not, that’s up to me. But I had to show up. So I showed up.”

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More Details of the Jackson-Nelson Confrontation

We already had some of the specifics about the confrontation between Stephen Jackson and coach Don Nelson that led to a two game suspension, but Mercury News’ Talking Points has the play-by-play.

Apparently, it wasn’t Jackson yelling at Nelson that got him suspended, but what happened after the coach tried to calm down his player:

Nelson told Jackson to head back to the locker room, take a shower and cool down.

Nelson apparently also put his hand on Jackson at the same time, to settle the situation (he thought).

Jackson immediately roughly brushed off Nelson’s hand, and, according to the source, told him loudly never to do that again and included many more angry words directed at Nelson.

Jackson went to the locker room and stayed there, apparently without further incident. But Warriors management apparently was concerned enough to keep Jackson away from Nelson for at least a few hours.

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Report: Jackson and Coach Don Nelson to Meet Tuesday

ESPN.com’s Mark Stein is reporting that Stephen Jackson will meet with team officials on Tuesday, as Golden State prepares to, at least for the time being, welcome Jackson back their team. From Stein:

The Golden State Warriors will attempt to work unhappy forward Stephen Jackson back into their team fold starting Tuesday, when the Warriors are scheduled to hold their first home practice following four straight preseason games on the road.

Jackson is expected to meet with Warriors general manager Larry Riley and coach Don Nelson before that practice, after missing the last two of those exhibition games through a team-imposed suspension for a sideline blowup with Nelson on Friday night in Los Angeles that was deemed “conduct detrimental” to the club.

Reached Sunday by ESPN.com, Nelson said he is still unwilling to go into detail about the exchange and would not expound on his plans for Jackson beyond confirming Tuesday’s planned sitdown.

“We will talk,” Nelson said.

Both Jackson and Nelson seem to be wired the same way; slightly unorthodox, authority-averse figures that have managed to beat the odds in attaining success. Don Nelson even made Jackson his captain—spawning the nickname “Captain Jack” and prompting bemused looks from the NBA’s other 29 teams—a few years back, and kept him as one of the team captains even after this summer’s trade demand.

Clearly, the relationship’s seen better times. But with Jackson serving as the toxic lightning rod of dysfunction for an organization that’s quietly been in disarray for the past few seasons, it seems that things might just have reached a tipping point in San Francisco. Nelson’s weathered a lot with Jackson—including playoff ejections, crazy quotes, and openly pining for departed Baron Davis—but this might be too much to ask.

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Step One for the Warriors: Acknowledging That You Have a Problem

Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News weighs in a long discussion of the Warriors, including steps they can take from here. First and foremost though, the first step is acknowledging that in Jackson, they’ve got themselves a problem:

To the surprise of precisely nobody in the universe except Warriors management–that’d be bumbling Robert Rowell, Don Nelson and Larry Riley (and their shills)–Stephen Jackson is acting up.

Holy Toledo, who could’ve predicted that! (Except everybody in the NBA, for about a year now.) Gotta love the Warriors, always about 4 steps behind everybody else.

For weeks, the Warriors pretended it didn’t matter that Jackson very publicly and very strongly wants to be traded. For weeks, the Warriors tried to persuade the outside world that Capt. Jack would be no problem, no problem at all in the locker room or on the court, despite his words. […]

After all the silly, flattering lies they’ve told themselves and half-truths and ridiculous fables of franchise reconstruction, the Warriors might have to start facing a series of hard truths, and maybe this is a big Step One:

Admit you have a problem.

Meanwhile, Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears sheds some more light on the suspension:

The Golden State Warriors suspended disgruntled forward Stephen Jackson(notes) on Saturday for two games after he cursed at coach Don Nelson during a preseason game the previous night, two NBA sources said. […]

Jackson’s confrontation with Nelson came after he committed five fouls and a technical in less than 10 minutes of the Warriors’ victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. In addition to yelling at an official, Jackson also became agitated after exchanging words with Lakers guard Kobe Bryant(notes), a source said. […]

The Warriors gave Jackson a three-year extension worth $28 million last season. Including this season, he has four years and about $35 million left on his contract, making him difficult, but not impossible, to trade.

And that’s true; his $35 million dollar extension doesn’t make him impossible to trade. But, of the trade demand, he said this at the Warriors’ media day:

“I don’t have a single regret about anything I’ve ever done. I don’t have a regret about going into the stands with Ron Artest, because that was the way it was supposed to be handled.”

And that, my friends is why he’s impossible to trade.

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Thoughts on Jackson from SBN's Golden State of Mind and Others

First, Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times provided a brief synopsis of what went on in last night's game:

I wasn’t as mad as Stephen Jackson, who was so peeved that he was relieved from action. Jackson was in a heated match-up with Kobe in the first quarter. They were yapping, playing hard, etc. Jackson picked up five four fouls in fewer than eight minutes, which led to him popping off at the mouth and getting a T. Moments later, he picked up foul number five.

He checked out of the game. Next thing you know, he was gone from the bench. He never returned. I was told Nellie gave him the rest of the game off because he was frustrated and emotional.
So when I got Nellie after the game, I expected him to downplay it. I expected him to say he wanted to give his guy a break. It was no big deal. He wanted to play the youngsters anyway.

NELLIE: “I’m not going to comment on that.”

Red flag.

Of course, by the time I got to the locker room, Jackson was gone and his teammates were hush. Something’s up, I think.

So, even before the news of the suspension broke late tonight, it was clear that "something was up." Golden State of Mind weighed in:

It's abundantly clear that around the league most people in the know realize that:

  • Stephen Jackson is not as good as he thinks he is
  • Jackson is not worth the contract extension Robert Rowell gave him
  • Nellieball and the overall lack of talent on the Warriors roster has seriously inflated Jackson's stat line last season- Antoine Walker towards the end of his first stint with the Boston Celtics comes to mind.

This could be a very toxic situation. The Warriors are going to lose a lot and lose via lot of dumb ways this season. That's just the nature of a young team without any proven superstars or even All-Stars. I wouldn't be too surprised if at some point during the season the Rowell, Jackson (hey he shouldn't have signed up for the suck if it was going to drive him this crazy) and company admit their mistake and negotiate a contract buy out.

Two technical fouls from your "captain" in three PRESEASON games? As Allen Iverson would say-- We're talking 'bout preseason man!

This IS a joke.

As is often the case with situations like this, Jackson's made his point. He's not going to play hard for the Warriors this season, and he might just do his best to sabotage the locker room. Given those realites, the Warriors should trade him. But given those realities, who would ever want him?

Could the Warriors at least get a draft pick for Jackson, or will they be forced to buy out his contract? Time will tell, but performances like last night certainly won't help.

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Warriors Suspend F Stephen Jackson for Two Games

According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Golden State Warriors have suspended F Stephen Jackson for two games, adopting the dreaded explanation, "conduct detrimental to the team." This is the latest turn in what's been a dramatic series of interactions between Jackson and the Warriors over the past few months.

After publicly requesting a trade earlier this summer, Jackson was censured by the NBA League Office for making his demands public, but nonetheless maintained privately that he'd like to be traded, reiterrating as much at Golden State's Media Day (where he was none too happy about this Santa Hat). Then, last night, in a preseason game against the Lakers, Jackson had 5 fouls and a technical in just 9 minutes of play. Which is just... Wow.

One of the more remarkable displays of self-sabotage seen in some time. Vince Carter is the ultimate forebearer for the NBA malcontent looking to force his way off a team, but his tactics were passive aggressive. He demanded a trade, and then proceeded to loaf around the court and fire off-balance fall-away jumpers until the Raptors management either had him killed, or relented and granted him a trade.

Jackson, though, appears to have adopted a much more direct approach. If he plays, he's going to foul out as soon as possible, and possibly get himself thrown out of the game on technical fouls. Whatever your stance on Captain Jack--I think he's the NBA's version of Kanye West--you gotta admit, that's certainly a proactive way to go about this.

More on this story as it develops.

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