Golden State Warriors Must Not Trade Stephen Jackson Just to Get Rid of Him
It's been publicly documented through the offseason that Stephen Jackson is not happy with the way the Golden State Warriors are heading. As a fan of the Warriors for a long time his frustration is understandable.
How the Warriors team from that improbable playoff run has been dismantled is absolutely embarrassing. Even with that there's still no excuse for the actions that Jackson has taken recently.
Jackson has been suspended for two of the preseason games for his actions in a preseason game after he picked up five fouls and a technical foul in less than 10 minutes. Yes as a Warriors fan it's definitely a concern with Jackson's attitude, but the bigger concern is the Warriors trading Jackson and getting nothing in return for the future.
One rumor was involving the Phoenix Suns and trading Andris Biedrins and Jackson for Amare Stoudemire. For one the Suns already have enough perimeter players so I'm not seeing a trade for Jackson as beneficial for the Suns. Yes Biedrins would be a great complimentary player in their system, but the Warriors would have to give up someone else as well in the trade.
The original rumor also included Stephen Curry going to the Suns and that time the Warriors thought that they weren't getting enough in return which was definitely true and also Stoudemire stated that he didn't want to play in Golden State.
Stoudemire's contract ends after the season so he becomes a free agent. It would mean that he would have been a rental player for the year and he definitely wasn't going to comeback to the Warriors.
So, there was really no point in the Warriors making that trade considering that Biedrins is a better rebounder and defender than Stoudemire. Most of the damage done by Stoudemire is on the offensive side of the ball, which the Warriors have a ton of offense it's defense that the Warriors need.
What would be interesting is if the Warriors made a trade with the Atlanta Hawks. The reason being is that apparently Joe Johnson is going to test the market of free agency next year and rumor has it that he's planning on signing with the New York Knicks.
Another rumor has Jackson going to the Knicks as well, but who on the Knicks roster would the Warriors go after? It definitely wouldn't be a guard. The only name that comes to mind is Eddy Curry, which doesn't bode well for the Warriors as Curry has barely played recently and really isn't the type of player built for the Warriors franchise.
Cleveland also came into the mix with trading Zydrunas Ilgauskus which would have been an interesting trade for the Warriors. The issue is Ilgauskus is contemplating retirement so there will be other players involved and the other two players mentioned in the trade were both guards, something the Warriors do not need.
Jackson hinted that he wanted to be a part of any of the trio of the Texas teams. So, either Dallas, San Antonio, or Houston. The only team really that the Warriors would be able to trade to is Houston and they have big guys that the Warriors could use, but Jackson's contract presents a problem for Houston as well.
At this point, with the possibilities to trade Jackson, there really isn't much of one. The best thing for Jackson to do is to play the best that he can and hopefully during the season the Warriors get an offer that they cannot refuse, but at this point the Warriors best option is keeping Jackson around.
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