Jason Terry: Stephen Jackson trade a no-brainer
That said, Terry said the deal that reunited the Spurs and Stephen Jackson by sending Richard Jefferson to the Golden State Warriors was an obvious trade to make. Jackson is an edgier and more physical small forward who isn't afraid to throw around some attitude and elbows on both ends of the floor. Jackson also gives the Spurs another defensive option to throw at Dirk Nowitzki if these two teams were to again meet in a playoff series.
Terry, though, didn't think matching up the Mavs was the impetus for Thursday's deal.
"I don’t think Pop cares at all," Terry said. "I think it’s just that’s what they needed. They wanted to get Jefferson out of there and if you can get Stephen Jackson for Richard Jefferson, I would have did it, too. And he’s a Wildcat, but that’s just a no-brainer."
It is possible that Jackson could be with the team tonight. He and Jefferson have 48 hours to report to their new teams, which is 2 p.m. today.
The Spurs are expected to have Manu Ginobili back in the lineup, while the Mavs will be without Brendan Haywood (sprained right knee) and Delonte West (fractured right ring finger). Shawn Marion (sore left knee) is a game-time decision.
Terry said no matter who plays tonight, this one is an important game for Dallas to win.
"This is our rival and obviously everyone knows it's going to be a wild and crazy building tonight and we’re excited for the challenge," Terry said. "They’re playing very well right now. They made a move at the deadline that gave them some more toughness and scoring power. Whether he [Jackson] plays tonight or not, we’ll be ready."
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