Blog Focus: Trade Rumors for Stephen Jackson Growing
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Speculation is growing that Stephen Jackson of the Golden State Warriors is going to be the first big name traded this NBA season, but where will he end up?
There are several potential suitors, and several bloggers have weighed in with their thoughts:
TrueHoop: "Nuggets general manager Mark Warkentien, meanwhile, reminded folks this week that the front-office team in Denver is not afraid to swing big with Chauncey Billups in place to police any chemistry risks in the locker room, telling the Denver Post: “If we get stuck, Big Bertha’s coming out.” The Nuggets, though, have also made it clear through a very measured summer of offseason tweaking that they are in no rush to take on any extra long-term money, which would suggest that Denver’s $8.7 million trade exception from the Billups-for-Allen Iverson swap will quietly expire Nov. 3."
The Baseline: "Still, Cleveland has the best combination of need and a viable offer. Jackson could basically be a bigger, better Delonte West, and as underrated as Turiaf is, it's not like that team's going anywhere or has anything resembling conventional roster needs."
Dime: "When Captain Jack told Dime he wanted to be traded, he did say “anywhere in Texas” as a preferred destination. But as we’ve said before, it’s not about what Jackson wants, especially when he’s got a long-term, big-money contract that’s hard to move."
Blazers Edge: "I hope one of these teams is NOT the Blazers, but it wouldn't shock me if KP was at least mildly interested. Jackson is (at least on paper) a significant upgrade over Webster or Outlaw (both offensively and defensively). If Portland were to package Bayless with either Webster or Outlaw, Golden State would take that in second."
Pounding the Rock: "The Warriors would like Manu Ginobili from the Spurs, but I can't see the Spurs parting with Manu. No kidding there. You know who would work though? Mason and Bonner. That's who. However, in this market to take on that much contract for two expirings, the Warriors probably have to throw in a pick for me to do it."