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Spurs trade Richard Jefferson to Warriors for Stephen Jackson

Mar 15, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT


The Spurs have acquired Stephen Jackson from the Warriors in exchange for Richard Jefferson, according to a report from Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. Golden State will also receive a conditional first round draft pick as part of the deal, according to Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group.

Jackson wasn’t with the Warriors for very long at all, having just been sent there Tuesday as part of the deal that shipped Monta Ellis to Milwaukee in exchange for Andrew Bogut.

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich knows what he’s getting with Jackson, who played in San Antonio for two seasons early in his career, and helped the Spurs win a championship in 2003. A lot has happened with Jackson since then, both on and off the court, and he’s bounced around the league for a variety of reasons while playing for five different teams.

Popovich runs one of the tightest ships in the league, though, and wouldn’t be bringing Jackson into the fold unless he knew he could control the situation. When healthy and dialed-in, Jackson is an above-average defender, and can provide a scoring punch when necessary, as well.

The salaries of Jackson and Jefferson match almost exactly, in the neighborhood of $10 million this season. The reason San Antonio had to throw in the draft pick was likely to entice the Warriors to commit to an extra year of Jefferson at that price; whether or not that actually makes sense for Golden State is questionable at best.

Jackson’s contract expires at the end of this season, making him a low-risk, short-term rental that would appear to immediately improve the Spurs, who currently sit in second place in the Western Conference standings.

  1. spellingcopfather - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    I am happy with this trade!!!

  2. thevza - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    RJ to the Warriors makes no sense at all. I guess that’s how desperate they were to avoid suiting up Captain Jack again.

    • dal24la - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      This trade surprised me, I don’t see how it helps the Spurs. I wud rather have RJ.

  3. spfinne - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    from everything else i have seen, it appears jackson has 1 year left on his contract after this year just like jefferson at virtually the same price. 10 million. can you clarify?

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:40 AM

      Jefferson has one year plus a second year player option for $11 million. Which he will certainly pick up. So you get RJ for two seasons after this one.

  4. augie10938 - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Like this trade

  5. Zammael - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Mr. “I make love to pressure” vs “Last guy to jump on the pile” No contest.

    10 points to the men in black.

  6. 20dollardinners - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    I love this trade for the Spurs. RJ just never worked for them. SJ is a great role player. I think he will pay dividends in the playoffs. He may not have a lot of big nights – but 1 or 2 a series is all they need out of him.

  7. scrapingthefloorioforstorios - Mar 15, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    this site is WAY better than profootballtalk

  8. jumbossportsblog - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

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