NBA Trade Rumors: Will Contract Issues Force Stephen Jackson out of Milwaukee?

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 21, 2011

Well, small forward Stephen Jackson is at it again.

A difficult player to handle throughout his career, Jackson is now reportedly unhappy with the Milwaukee Bucks...after being upset with the Charlotte Bobcats...after souring his relationship with the Golden State Warriors.

One of the reasons the Bobcats traded Jackson to the Bucks was because of his contract demands. He wants a contract extension, despite being 33 years old and having two more years left on his contract.

Well, now the Bucks have to deal with it. When Jackson was traded in June, he was asked how important a contract extension was.

Said Jackson, via The Journal Times, "It's mandatory."

Forget that the Bucks are trying to rebuild and can't afford to throw cash at an aging forward. Forget that Jackson is past his prime and shot 41 percent last season. Forget how hard Jackson is to handle.

He wants his money, and he wants it now.

This has me thinking that he will become such a nuisance and such a distraction that he will have to be traded at some point, to another team who will have to deal with his contract demands.

He did the same thing with the Golden State Warriors, asking for a trade that drew him a $25,000 fine, eventually getting traded to the Bobcats.

After the infamous "Malice at the Palace" featuring the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons, and legal troubles stemming from an incident at a strip club, the Pacers shipped Jackson to the Warriors in 2007.

There's been a pattern throughout Jackson's career, a pattern that hurts teams in the long run.

If he demands a trade, nobody should come calling.

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