By Chris Broussard
I've fleshed out the Stephen Jackson scuttlebutt I mentioned on Wednesday, and let's just say I'm glad I prefaced it with "this is a rumor,'' not news.
San Antonio, New Orleans and the LA Clippers have not had any conversations of substance with Golden State concerning Jackson. Cleveland definitely has interest, but is unwilling to give up Zydrunas Ilgausksas and is taking a "wait and see'' approach. Denver had interest but doesn't have the goods to get anything done.
While there's a possibility that something could happen soon, the Warriors have been told by several teams that the market for Jackson could improve after Dec. 15, when players who signed as free agents this past summer are able to be traded. Golden State's thinking is that the market could be even better near the Feb. 18 trade deadline.
While the Warriors are looking to trade Jackson, they are taking a patient approach. They're not going to give him away for chump change, even if it means keeping him the entire season. They realize he may act up from time to time, but they also believe that he's going to play his tail off whenever he's on the court, no matter how upset he is.