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In surprise move, Spurs waive Stephen Jackson

Apr 12, 2013, 5:39 PM EDT

Stephen Jackson AP

In a move nobody saw coming, the San Antonio Spurs have waived Stephen Jackson — a regular part of their rotation who has been out with a sprained ankle. Art Garcia of NBA.com was first with the story.

Because he was waived after March 1, Jackson cannot be picked up by another team and put on a playoff roster. It is well past that deadline.

Jackson has not been good this season — he averages 6.2 points a game on 37.3 percent shooting overall and 27.1 percent from three. He has a PER of 8.1. That the Spurs would want to carve out the roster space and bring in someone younger who can help them makes sense.

It’s the timing of the thing that has been odd. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports talked about that on twitter.

Makes you wonder what Capt. Jack did to push it over the top.

  1. goraidersgospurs - Apr 12, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    this is crazy S.Jax plays with heart in the playoff,anyone that seen the last spurs playoff game vs OKC last year you would know what I mean, Damn I need to hear from POP now!!!

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      relax, he must have been a real pain in the ass, for them to cut him so
      late and no team can have him for the playoffs, that is a real bend over
      job right there.

  2. shuttaman1990 - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Lakers should pick him up ASAP to make him play vs the Spurs before the season end.

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Guess you didn’t read the article.

  3. sportsnut101 - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Spurs lose in first round

    Jackson played so great against okc in finals last yr

    Pop is ass. Dejaun Blair who can ball can’t get any minutes are u kidding.
    Jackson who can still play n shoot. Is Sumone to have off the bench in playoffs

    Pop was a nobody until he got lucky with Duncan in draft then made himself the coach That’s why no1 likes the spurs cuz of. Him

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      Wow, the rare anti-Popovich comment.

    • lunahumming - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:19 AM

      That may be the most ignorant, wildly silly comment I’ve seen on the internet in a long, long time……and that’s saying something. Congratulations.

      • dangernearing - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:25 AM

        It’s called opinion grow up

  4. vilelabyrinth - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Knicks could use him.

    • stoudemelo - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      Exactly. Ditch the singleton. Luckily Thomas hasn’t cleared waivers yet

    • eventhorizon04 - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      “Because he was waived after March 1, Jackson cannot be picked up by another team and put on a playoff roster. It is well past that deadline.”

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      for three games?

  5. wittenisgod - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Did you not read the bit where it said he can’t be picked up by anyone dummy!

    • shuttaman1990 - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      He can’t be used in the playoffs. There is still regular season games to be played, dummy.

  6. vilelabyrinth - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Doesn’t mean the knicks can’t use him, doofus.

    • eventhorizon04 - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      So you think the Knicks should get a guy who will be 36 years old next year, has missed time due to injury even when playing just 19.5 minutes per game, can’t hit 3′s (33% for his career, but just 27% this year and 29% last year), and apparently was feuding with one of the most highly respected coaches in the NBA?

      • JMClarkent - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:19 PM

        …and acclimate him to the team just in time for him to NOT be available in the layoffs for them.

      • nickjackalson - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:00 AM

        he´d fit right in, wouldn´t he?

      • nickjackalson - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:03 AM

        if you want to rely on veteran experience, you have to have veterans..like a lot of them – as they tend to be injured a whole lot

  7. dpmajorpain49 - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Reblogged this on dpmajorpain49 and commented:
    Capt jack was a great defender, they will miss him for the playoffs, especially aginist OKC. Big lost for the spurs

  8. 00maltliquor - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Damn, wish he was avalible for pickup! Lakers could use him for sure! Re-unite him with Ron-Ron and get it crackin’!

    • thesecondlakerzealot - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      Your right. Lakers need another lazy, old guy who plays no D and whines about touches

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        Plays no D? Huh?

        IDK bout you but Metta is still recovering and we got no other SFs on the team, unless you wanna give a single min. to Devin Ebanks. Plus it’s the playoffs coming up…good to have an ace in your backpocket just in case of injuries, plus S Jax is a savage in the playoffs.

        He wasn’t whining about touches in SA, just min. He just got cut from a team vying for a championship. I think he’ll change his tune on all those minutes he wants just to get back in the playoffs for a potential 1st round matchup against………the SPURS!??

    • eventhorizon04 - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      00maltliquor wrote: “He wasn’t whining about touches in SA, just min. He just got cut from a team vying for a championship. I think he’ll change his tune on all those minutes he wants just to get back in the playoffs for a potential 1st round matchup against………the SPURS!??”

      ____

      From the article: “Because he was waived after March 1, Jackson cannot be picked up by another team and put on a playoff roster. It is well past that deadline.”

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        Read the 1st line in my original post that thesecondlakerzealot responded to. Clearly states that I understand that fact, broham.

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        Although if you were just burning through the comments and happend to stumble across mine and read that one part, with the way I was wording it, I can understand what you were thinking…..

  9. dpmajorpain49 - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Captain jack was a good defender. It will hurt them in the playoffs what a bad blow for the spurs. Very sad day for spurs fans. Go spurs go

  10. hillzmickelzon - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    I know the spurs think they are the New England Patriots of the NBA but it seems kinda weird to me to cut one of your toughest players with less than 5 games left, and honestly next year if he is smart he does sign with the Lakers who need outside shooting. They gave him the good old j.r rider goodbye even though he has won a ring with the spurs. Low blow by the spurs in my opinion a lot of fans in the suburbs will never forget arburn hills but all I say is turn on a hockey game and get over it

    • eventhorizon04 - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      You’re right that with Parker and Ginobli hurting, it does seem weird for the Spurs to hurt their wing depth. Jackson is having a poor season, but there’s no real financial benefit to cutting him this late in the season, and if Kawhi Leonard misses time with injury, things could get dicey for Popp’s rotations…

      As for the part about Jackson helping the Lakers with outside shooting – Jackson is a career 33% 3-point shooter who has shot under 30% from 3 the past 2 seasons with the Spurs. He’s actually worse from deep than not only just Nash and Kobe, but also Metta World Peace, Steve Blake, Jodie Meeks, and Antawn Jamison, so it’d be hard to view him as a floor-spacing upgrade.

      • Kurt Helin - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:24 PM

        Also, Jackson would not be playoff eligible.

    • badintent - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      I like the hockey game throw away. ! Nice move.solid post but you forgot the Pats cheating operations

  11. patfic15 - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Spurs arent getting rings anyway.

  12. pawelski1 - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    guaranteed contacts. got to get rid of them. too many lazy thugs like Jackson in the league. he wouldn’t act up if he didn’t get paid after getting cut.

  13. vilelabyrinth - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    knicks just signed him, cool.

  14. bigdeuceuno - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    I hope the Lakers get this guy he brings toughness n much needed defense n just enough offense wit a three ball hes a great fit for LA go! Lakers for life

  15. norcalsportsknowledge - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    He will try and turn the team against the coach. He becomes toxic in the locker room when he doesn’t get his way. It’s a shame, because he can take away the other teams best offensive player.

  16. allen227 - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    That’s why Pop is a great coach. He runs his team, no single player does.

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