Stephen Jackson wants out of Golden State.
The Warriors want to accommodate him, but are there any takers?
Three things to consider on this:
1. Although Jackson’s contract is hefty – four years, 35.5 million - the Cavaliers could take on the contract, but who could they trade for him? Kawakami suggests the Cavs could ship their gritty, but troubled combo guard Delonte West, but would the Warriors want that issue on a team as unstable as theirs. If West is part of the deal, the Warriors would need more, say a draft pick, rookie Danny Green and at least one of their young big men in either J.J. Hickson or Darnell Jackson.
2. Would he fit into Cleveland’s “culture” as Cavs coach Mike Brown likes to say. Now Brown has experience with Jackson. When Jackson helped San Antonio win a world title in 2003, Brown was an assistant there. The two were both at Indiana for the 2004-05 season before Brown became Cleveland’s head coach. So if the Cavaliers got Jackson, Brown would know what kind of player he was getting.
3. In terms of actual play on the floor, Jackson gives Cleveland a great third scoring option to LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal. Jackson can also be the No. 1 option from time to time. He averaged a career-high 20.7 points last season. He’s an intense guy and when he’s on his game, Jackson can elevate a team’s play. On the flip side, Jackson can be a distraction. Jackson has played on five teams in nine seasons and his in-your-face style may not set well with some of the Cavaliers, but then again, maybe they need someone of his nature.