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Hornets send Chris Kaman to the Bucks for Stephen Jackson and a 2012 (lottery protected) first-round pick.
It's hard to make a case for any team to trade for Stephen Jackson, but one of two things will happen here for the Hornets.
One, he will be happy going to the Hornets, allowing him to jack up as many shots as he wants per night. Maybe he'll even win a game or two for them while becoming a trading chip next year when he is in the last year of his deal (in what should be a better trading market).
Or two, he will be so upset that he will agree to a contract buyout, saving the Hornets money while they pick up an extra first-round pick this year.
This deal could be tricky because Jackson's contract goes into next year, assuming he doesn’t agree to that buyout, and David Stern would have to approve this deal. The league is worried about the Hornets taking on extra salary since it is a league-owned franchise, but shouldn’t they also worry about the lack of attendance as well?
That, and the product they are putting out there every night.
Will Ferrell has been the most exciting thing that Hornets fans have seen all year, so at the least, Jackson is a little entertaining in that he might blow up at someone each night. That might improve attendance just just a little bit.
That aside, the first-round pick this year included in the deal should entice Stern and the league to allow it to happen.
The Bucks kill two birds with one stone here, as they get a short-term replacement for Andrew Bogut and they get rid of Stephen Jackson. Giving up the draft pick this year (which would roll over to next year if it is indeed a lottery selection) is worth it if it means that Jackson and his salary is gone.