If there was one San Antonio Spurs player who you could say actually played really well in the Western Conference Finals consistently, it was forward Stephen Jackson. Jackson was productive not only in the Spurs' first two wins against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but also played his tail off in the four straight losses that eventually ended the Spurs' season.
Jackson went from averaging 1.3 points per game against the Los Angeles Clippers, the series before, to averaging 11.8 points against the Thunder. Jackson's last performance, game six in Oklahoma City, was his strongest as he kept the Spurs in the game by scoring 23 points and knocking down 6-of-7 3-pointers.
With Jackson set to make 10.1 million in this coming season, which is the last year of his contract, the usual expectation would be for Jackson to already start asking for an extension. But (via to SLAM Online) Buck Harvey of the San Antonio Express News, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich made it clear to Jackson the Spurs wouldn't be offering an extension when they traded for him back in March.
So Popovich laid out his priorities. He told Jackson he wanted his toughness, and there could be minutes for him. But Popovich also told him he liked Kawhi Leonard as his small forward, and nothing would be guaranteed. Then, Popovich said something else. ‘We’re not talking about an extension.’ This is the power of clarity and honesty. Popovich does it as well as anyone, and it’s a reason Jackson has said Popovich connects with him better than any other coach has.”
At the end of his article, Harvey puts that he thinks that the Spurs might offer Jackson a contract extension sometime next season as long as he continues to do what the team asks of him.
Jackson is 34 years old and with a full season with the Spurs, he'll get a steady amount of minutes to backup or play alongside Leonard. Since Jackson's considered one of the older guys with the club, he might even be considered for rest on back-to-back nights this coming season. Either way, Jackson's play this coming season will project what his future will be with the franchise.
From what I saw and heard from Jackson this past season, he was very grateful to be back in San Antonio. There's one coach he plays for nonstop, and I think he'll continue this trend so long as Coach Pop is the man delivering the orders.
Captain Jack was the bright spot on the Spurs midsession acquisitions. I think that if he continues to bust his butt, the Spurs should definitely extend his contract but of course at a financially feasible price.
No doubt Jackson helped the Spurs reached the western conference finals. It is also true that he was signed with ridiculously high contract. The Spurs need to reload otherwise, they will be just another nba team. If I were a deciding factor in the Spurs heirarchy, I would look very closely to see a possible scenario where he is traded for reasons of economy and better options. If the Spurs are able to trade him for draft pick they will certainly make some savings. If they pickup a 1st round draft at say $2m like Fab Melo, they save $8m enough to play in the free agency and sign a younger, long and aggressive player, or swap him for a player like Marvin Webster of the Hawks. If TD is willing to re-sign at a reduced price say $l2m, they make a savings of $9m enough to pay Lorbek and some quality free agent. With Lorbek on board, Splitter becomes a redundancy so why not trade him to the Raptors for the 8th pick? Maybe throw in Bonner to sweeten the pot. Maybe if the Celtics are really interested ib Green, trade him for the #21-22 draft picks. The send Joseph to the Magic for Daniel Orton, who stands 6'10". Both are rarely used so no harm done.
HOLY CRAP MAN! did you just recite the entire article from bleacher report this morning or what? its marvin WILLIAMS not marvin WEBSTER. i mean damn man if your gonna plagiarize someone elses ideas and pass them off as your own then at least spell the names right or just copy and past them.
the spurs are not trading jackson for any draft picks, and they are not getting an 8th pick for splitter, or splitter and bonner or splitter, bonner, blair, neal or any other combination of players not named tony, tim, manu or leonard.
why didnt you include the "rumor" in that same article about trading for dwight howard? thats not even a stretch for you.
Gotta ask, what ever happened to that guy who spent 10 replies calling me an idiot because Jackson was so terribly unhappy on the spurs and how his iffy series vs LAC was proof he was so unhappy both as a spur and because of pop