San Antonio's acquisition of Stephen Jackson signaled a shift in policy for a Spurs franchise typically content to make do with the talent on hand. The deal almost certainly makes sense on paper and should make for a nice fit in the locker room as well.
To hear general manager R.C. Buford explain the move, San Antonio has had its eyes on Jackson for some time, no doubt looking for a missing piece on the wing who could put San Antonio over the top in a league that seemingly becomes thicker with talent by the day.
To hear Jackson himself react to the last-minute deal, the feelings appear quite mutual.
However, beyond the heart-warming reunion, how much difference will Jackson's addition really make? The optimist in all of us has to believe he could make an already exceptional team even better, perhaps even good enough to win Tim Duncan his fifth ring.
Here are five reasons that optimism may not be so far-fetched.