NBA Trade Rumors: Warriors Send Stephen Jackson to Spurs for Richard Jefferson

Josh Martin@@JoshMartinNBANBA Lead WriterMarch 15, 2012

If you thought the Golden State Warriors were done dealing after sending Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh to the Milwaukee Bucks, think again.

According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Warriors sent Stephen Jackson to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Richard Jefferson and a conditional first-round pick just ahead of Thursday's NBA trade deadline.

Jackson had only recently returned to Golden State as part of the Ellis-to-the-Bucks deal, which also netted the Warriors Andrew Bogut. This will mark Captain Jack's second go-round in San Antonio, where he was a member of the Spurs' NBA title team in 2003.

Although mercurial at times, Jackson has proven himself to be a gritty defender capable of contributing 15-20 points on any given night. His presence should help the aging Spurs to fend off the Los Angeles Lakers and the Memphis Grizzlies in pursuit of the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

Jefferson, on the other hand, had struggled to find his way in Gregg Popovich's system since arriving in River City in 2009. The 31-year-old wingman is averaging career-lows in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals and field goal percentage this season.

Jackson will join a Warriors team that's clearly in transition after trading away its top scorer and is currently contemplating shutting down Stephen Curry for the rest of the season.

Jackson's contract will carry him through the end of next season, while Jefferson holds a player option for the 2013-14 campaign.

 

 

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