Saturday, August 29, 2009
Warriors' Jackson 'looking to leave'
ESPN.com news services
Golden State Warriors forward Stephen Jackson says he has requested a trade and prefers to be dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers or any of the NBA's three teams in Texas.
Jackson's wishes are rooted in a desire to play for a team that consistently makes the postseason, he says, something the Warriors have done only once in the past 15 seasons.
"At this point, I'm 31 years old. I have four or five years left," Jackson told Dime Magazine on Friday. "I want to be in a situation where I can continually be in the playoffs and get another ring. So that's where my mind is at now."
Jackson, speaking to the magazine in New York during a promotional event for a shoe line, said the status of his demand is pending.
"It's not about a decision I made," he told Dime Magazine. "It's just things are in the air right now. I really can't get too much into it right now."
When prompted with a question from the event's host about the Warriors' playoff chances, Jackson, who was attending with former teammate Al Harrington, matter-of-factly told the crowd: "I don't think I'll be a Warrior next year. I'm looking to leave."
Jackson has averaged 15.4 points over nine seasons with the New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks, Indiana Pacers and the Warriors.
He scored a career-high 20.7 points per game last season after signing a three-year,
$28 million extension with the Warriors in November.
Jackson said he would be open to returning to the Spurs, with whom he won an NBA title in 2003, but would also welcome a trade to the Dallas Mavericks or Houston Rockets.
He also mentioned Harrington's New York Knicks.
"I'm just looking to go somewhere where I can go and win a championship," Jackson said.