Stephen Jackson Wants Out

Scott HastieContributor IAugust 31, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 15:  Stephen Jackson #1 of the Golden State Warriors is called for his second technical foul and is thrown out of the game by referee Tony Brothers against the Phoenix Suns during an NBA game on March 15, 2009 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)


On Friday August 28th, Stephen Jackson made an announcement.

When asked by an MC at a shoe company's party if the Warriors will make the playoffs, he replied "I don't think I'll be a Warrior next year, I'm looking to leave".
The crowd was stunned.

Stephen Jackson has been with the Warriors since January 17th 2007 after being traded by the Pacers. He thrived with the new offense of Don Nelson, and helped the Warriors secure a playoff spot and led them in a very memorable series against the Mavericks.

Jackson said he has notified the Warriors of his wishes and given a list of teams to be traded to. He would like to go to Cleveland (who wouldn't?) any team in Texas (Dallas, Houston, or San Antonio) or the New York Knicks, to be with his friend Al Harrington.

It's unlikely that New York will take his near 8 million dollar salary, as they prepare for the off-season of 2009-2010, where LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade will be free agents.

Cleveland may not have room, because they have a very full roster as they were very productive this offseason.
They lost in the playoffs because of lack of bench-depth, so GM Danny Ferry realized that and signed players like Anthony Parker to change that problem.

Dallas Mavericks were actually rumoured to be in trade talks for Stephen Jackson. That would be a great team, likely the No. 3 seed in the West. Their lineup would look like this.

C - Erick Dampier
PF - Dirk Nowitzki
SF - Shawn Marion
SG - Stephen Jackson
PG - Jason Kidd

That's a very strong lineup, but also old. Their stamina and ability to stay healthy is their biggest opponent.

The reports of trade talks did not give who the Mavericks are going to include in a deal, but I would imagine that Josh Howard would be one of the players.
Stephen Jackson could replace him and is a great upgrade at the shooting guard.

Mark Cuban, owner of the Mavs, would be willing to do this deal in order to win. Cuban is one of the most dedicated and involved owners in the NBA.

Where Stephen Jackson will end up is unknown, but wherever he does, he'll have a huge impact and most likely will be a part of the biggest trade this offseason.