Denver is Mecca for Stephen Jackson

October 24, 2009 at 12:53 pm | Posted in nba, warriors | Leave a comment
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The Denver Nuggets have an 8 million dollar trade exception which expires Nov. 3, meaning they can trade for a high-priced player and give up only draft picks in return. With their veteran roster, they  definitely need to strike now, so its unlikely they’ll let it expire. Their GM believes that captain Chauncey Billups can handle any chemistry problems that might arise with a newcomer. Don’t be surprised if this all adds up to Stack Jack going to Denver.

It could mean a championship.  Carmelo started showing signs, or at least hints, of being a winner last year. Chris Andersen is beyond whacky, but who plays harder or scarier? Ty Lawson will be one of the top three rookies in the NBA– he went for 29 in 26 minutes against the Lakers– and at some point will team with Chauncey in one of the best all-around coach-on-the-floor backcourts. O.K., Kenyon Martin and Nene are whack jobs, but Martin plays hard and Nene can’t help but do some god things with that body.

For Jackson, Denver is mecca, a true chance to dethrone Kobe and the Lakers, and he will be highly motivated. Stephen Jackson, Chris Andersen, and Kenyon Martin might belong in the cuckoo’s nest, but Denver, with Dr. Billups in charge, could serve as a most interesting half-way house. I’d definitely be watching, and so would Kobe and his boys.

Jack trade talk around the blogosphere…

ESPN’s True Hoop (Oct. 23) :

The Cavs, though, don’t want to surrender Zydrunas Ilgauskas in a prospective deal because they want to keep all the size they can muster to throw at Boston, Orlando and the defending champs from L.A.

Nuggets general manager Mark Warkentien, meanwhile, reminded folks this week that the front-office team in Denver is not afraid to swing big with Chauncey Billups in place to police any chemistry risks in the locker room, telling the Denver Post: “If we get stuck, Big Bertha’s coming out.” The Nuggets, though, have also made it clear through a very measured summer of offseason tweaking that they are in no rush to take on any extra long-term money, which would suggest that Denver’s $8.7 million trade exception from the Billups-for-Allen Iverson swap will quietly expire Nov. 3.

Sources say that Dallas, already two-deep at versatile forward with Shawn Marion and Josh Howard, has informed the Warriors that they have “no interest” in adding Jackson to that mix despite Jackson’s publicly stated wish to go to Cleveland, New York or one of the three Texas teams.

ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher reported on the aforementioned roundtable show that San Antonio has a level of interest in reuniting with Jackson as well, but that possibility — while something that the Spurs have undoubtedly weighed after Jackson helped them win a championship in 2003 — has likewise been downplayed this week as “remote.”

The only other team we’ve heard mentioned as a potential Jackson chaser is Charlotte, although we’re obliged to note that the Bobcats weren’t on Jackson’s original wish list and don’t exactly seem like his kind of team.

A commenter said this:

I think Jackson would be a good fit for Miami. They have a desperate need for a SF, and GS wants a big/expiring contract, so why not trade Haslem and a draft pick to the Warriors for Jackson? Warriors get a big and expiring contract, and Miami gets the starting SF they are looking for.

from denver post

S-Jax acquisition unlikely.

There has been some buzz around the NBA that Denver is interested in Golden State’s Stephen Jackson, but an NBA source said there haven’t been any significant conversations about acquiring the forward.

Even if Denver wanted him, he would be difficult to acquire. The trade exception is now at $7.4 million, which is less than Jackson’s $7.6 contract, so Denver couldn’t use the exception to get Jackson.

From the Cleveland Plains Dealer, Oct. 27:
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.


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