Tags: nba, nuggets, stephen jackson, warriors
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: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2009/10/the_latest_james_rules_may_mak.html
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.
Tags: don nelson, nba, stephen jackson, warriors
To Don Nelson and Stephen Jackson:
Stop drifting. Circle the wagons. You both are incredibly talented but tragically flawed. It is time to make a stand with this team, this year. The only way it can happen is for both of you to do some serious soul searching and stop listening to your egos (or Al Harrington for Christ’s sake). You have the ingredients right here to not only be madly entertaining, but to win. Its time to look each other in the eye, remember that Dalls twinkle, and stay together for the kids.
Tim Duncan once called you the “ultimate teammate.” Warrior fans scratched their heads over that one, given how you’d been depicted. But they soon realized that the Big Fundamental was right, that you are something special. Your play inspires even us ordinary people to be better “teammates” in our ordinary lives.
But though you have the heart, Jack, you don’t have an elite offensive game like your old running-mate Baron Davis. Baron breaks down a defender as well as anyone, providing wide open jumpers for his teammates. Even when Baron misses driving shots, the defenders he draws lead to easy tip slams for the Andres Biedrens of the world.
Jack, you’re not that. You’re a mediocre shooter, you make too many turnovers and you don’t really finish well. You’re really best-suited as a third option, albeit one with brass oxnards. If something special is to happen in Oak Town this year, you have to realize this: You are the “ultimate teammate” only if you accept your role as a third option offensive player.
This is a tough one for any player with pride, and you have plenty. The year the Warriors beat the Mavericks in the playoffs, it took you a half-year to cede the rights to the #2 role to Monte Ellis. Monte shot 60% for a month before you, and Davis, accepted him as the number two. When you did, the team soared, and you feasted on the open looks and the ample scraps left by Monte and Baron. You were at your best.
With Baron’s departure and Monte’s injury, you were pushed again into an ill-suited role. Don Nelson must shoulder much of the blame for this. He not only played you to exhaustion, with 40+ minutes the norm in any close game, he also allowed you to flail in an offensive go-to role. Did he ask too much of you or did you try to do too much? Probably a bit of both.
What matters is this: With the ’09 Warriors you can be greater by being less. With Monte back, Anthony Randolph’s emergence, the one-on-one prowess of Corey Maggette, and the drop from heaven named Stephen Curry, you don’t need to carry the offensive load. Play 35 minutes and be fresh at crunch time. Let your scoring average drop to 15 and your turnovers to 1. All you need to do is lead these men into battle and, of course, guard the other team’s best player. Be Bruce Bowen. With major benefits.
Nellie is too old to corral you– look how he screwed it up with Mickael Pietrus and Al Harrington. Unlike those guys, he gave you too much leash last year. You have to come up with that on your own. Fortunately, you have the intelligence and the contractual security, unlike Mickael and Al, to be who you are, not who you wish you were.
Yes, Nellie is a pain in the ass. But remember that he’s intelligent enough to get you, and you’re one complicated dude. Not all the wives out there are so smart.
Your openness is a breath of fresh air. Hearing you say on the radio that Mickael Pietrus isn’t a very good player, or that Al Harrington is a lousy rebounder, is madly entertaining. But no matter how true, and how delicious it is to hear such remarks by the COACH, and no matter how much joy you get in saying them, the remarks aren’t effective. These guys are humans with huge egos. Your openness hurts them and hurts the team, and as you get older you seem to care about this less and less. I don’t think you’ve lost a step in terms of measuring talent or game strategy, but you are losing your emotional intelligence.
You have a great team lined up, potentially sensational. Stop trying to be unique in every way. Defense might be boring to you, but it wins games. Stop being so damn entertaining, and so wonderfully open about your player’s shortcomings. Lay off the sauce for a year. Go get the championship you deserve, no excuses.