NBA Trade Rumors: Five Teams That Could Use Stephen Jackson for a Playoff Run

Hayden Kim@@HayDayKimCorrespondent IIIFebruary 15, 2011

NBA Trade Rumors: Stephen Jackson and 5 Teams That Could Use a Push

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    ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 12:  Stephen Jackson #1 of the Charlotte Bobcats reacts after being called for a foul against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 12, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, b
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    The 2010-11 NBA Trade Deadline is approaching and this only means that teams only have a short amount of time to cram in any potential deals in these upcoming weeks.

    During this time period in which the trade deadline is approaching, veterans are usually the prime targets, and one of the more interesting players has to be Stephen Jackson.

    With only a little time left on Jackson's contract, a push for a veteran such as himself has to be in a GM's mind and though Jackson's contract may be a bit pricey for some teams, his skills and scoring ability are still worth the money.

    In this article I will list five potential deals involving Stephen Jackson that could either convert a good team into contenders, or contenders into champions.

    Hope you enjoy it and, as always, feel free to comment!

5. Dallas Mavericks

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 20: Shawn Marion #0 of the Dallas Mavericks dunks the ball over Kurt Thomas #40 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on January 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Mavericks 82-77. NOTE TO USER: User expressly
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    With similar contracts and comparable values, Stephen Jackson for Shawn Marion of the Dallas Mavericks may be a viable deal in these upcoming weeks.

    If this deal were to happen, this would obviously be an attempt by the Mavericks to make a championship run, with Dirk and Kidd aging, a veteran such as Jackson could be the slight edge they may have been needing over the years to make a legitiment push for a title.

    Usually teams have the talent to make the playoffs, but for those who wish to make a title run, veterans and experience are the key advantages over young and talented teams. This could be a reason why the Mavericks push for Jackson before the deadline.

    If this trade were to occur the Mavericks would have to pay an increased amount of $8,453,250 and the Bobcats would have to pay a decreased amount of $7,055,500.

4. Atlanta Hawks

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    ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 12:  Stephen Jackson #1 of the Charlotte Bobcats drives past Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 12, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading an
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    The Hawks haven't been playing up to par with their talent and if they honestly want to become competitors in the East, they need to make a push for better players.

    This trade would consist of four players: Marvin Williams (SF), Josh Smith (PF), Gerald Wallace (SF) and Stephen Jackson (SG).

    The Hawks would acquire Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson and the Bobcats would, of course, acquire Marvin Williams and Josh Smith.

    Wallace and Jackson would provide the talent needed to compete in the East against the Celtics, Heat and Magic, and though the Hawks may need to adjust their lineup accordingly, this deal could work both financially and sensibly.

    If this trade were to occur, the Bobcats would have to pay $18,953,250 and the Hawks would have to pay $18,962,500, which is virtually the same.

3. Denver Nuggets

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    DENVER, CO - JANUARY 21:  J.R. Smith #5 of the Denver Nuggets takes a shot against Ron Artest #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center on January 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 107-97. NOTE TO USER: User expressly a
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    As you may of heard, superstar Carmelo Anthony is rumored to be leaving Denver whether it be to Los Angeles or to a team on the East Coast—whatever it may be, Carmelo and the Nuggets aren't where they would like to be at this point in the season.

    This is why the Nuggets should try and acquire a solid veteran scorer such as Stephen Jackson in order to boost the team's morale and, more importantly, Carmelo's interests.

    If this deal would to occur, it would send J.R. Smith and Renaldo Balkman to the Bobcats in exchange for Stephen Jackson, which is honestly a good swap, resulting a slightly better deal for the Nuggets.

    Financially, this trade actually makes sense; the Bobcats would have to pay $8,432,851 and the Nuggets would have to pay $8,453,250.

    Honestly, this is a picture-perfect scenario for both Jackson and the Nuggets and this may also give the Bobcats an opportunity to rebuild and go into the waiting period in which they wait for a good talent to come along and build around Gerald Wallace.

2. Portland Trail Blazers

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    DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 15:  Guard Brandon Roy #7 of the Portland Trail Blazers at American Airlines Center on December 15, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User
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    Brandon Roy of the Portland Trail Blazers is expected to return soon, which is more the reason to try and get a good deal out of while the Blazers still can.

    This potential trade would consist of Roy going to the Bobcats for Stephen Jackson and Tyrus Thomas. For the Blazers, this would mean a solid backup center in Thomas and, of course, a great veteran in Jackson.

    This type of deal could even make the Blazers into potential contenders in the West, but nonetheless it is a great deal for the Blazers.

    Financially, this would cost the Blazers $13,603,750 and the Bobcats $15,064,820. The Blazers save money and, though the Bobcats pay more, they do receive a more than solid player in Roy and who knows what Roy and Wallace could do.

1. L.A. Lakers

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    ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 13:  Ron Artest #15 of the Los Angels Lakers looks to pass during the game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Arena on February 13, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading
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    It's a shame that Artest is involved in potential trade rumors just merely do to his lack of offensive output, which shouldn't be expected from what is now a defensive specialist in Artest.

    But the reality is, some people really do want Artest out of L.A. and maybe this deal could be the perfect way to get "rid" of Artest, getting a very high-scoring veteran in Jackson.

    This deal would consist of Jackson (SG) heading to the Lakers in exchange for Ron Artest (SF) and Devin Ebanks (SF).

    Financially, this would cost the Lakers $8,453,250 and the Bobcats $6,795,924, and as we know, the Lakers are always willing to pay a little extra if it means more championships, and yes, there are teams that wouldn't do that.

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