Report: Spurs Discussing Trading Richard Jefferson For Stephen Jackson
This may have slipped your mind, but before Stephen Jackson was a ball-hogging, coach-killing clubhouse cancer on a handful of NBA teams, he was a hardworking youngster that helped the 2003 San Antonio Spurs win a championship. Now, interestingly enough, there’s speculation that the Spurs may be interested in rekindling something with Captain Jack:
Source: RJefferson for SJackson being discussed.—
Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) March 15, 2012
Jackson was just traded earlier this week — from the Milwaukee Bucks, along with Andrew Bogut, to the Golden State Warriors for Monta Ellis, Kwame Brown and Ekpe Udoh. But there’s been increased speculation yesterday and today that Golden State isn’t Jackson’s final destination, and now the Spurs are apparently interested in making a deal.
It’s not surprising the Spurs are trying to unload Jefferson, who turns 32 this spring and has seen his production dip. He’s averaging just 9.2 points per game this season, his first time in single digits in a decade.
The salary cap math works perfectly — Jackson is making $9,256,500 this season, and Jefferson, $9,282,000.
The clock is ticking, so expect this deal to happen within minutes. It makes sense for both teams.
UPDATE: Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that this deal is now done. Jackson and Jefferson are indeed switching teams.