Update: The San Antonio Spurs just sent out a news release confirming the trade. The final details are Richard Jefferson, T.J. Ford and a protected 2012 1st round pick for Stephen Jackson.
As Trevor Zickgraf just reported for Project Spurs, the San Antonio Spurs were active in trade talks just hours before the end of the trade deadline.
While early rumors had them dangling Danny Green for Josh Howard and some interest in Jonny Flynn, ESPN's Ric Bucher reported heavy talks between the Spurs and the Golden State Warriors to swap Richard Jefferson and newly-acquired Stephen Jackson, a former Spur.
Several reports are now calling this a done deal.
Yahoo's Marc J. Spears says the Spurs have officially acquired Jackson and the Spurs also sent along a first round pick as part of the package.
Jackson won a championship with the Spurs in 2003 and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has been one of the only coaches that has been able to keep Jackson focused, so I expect Jackson to fall in line and play his role for the Spurs.
While Jackson and Jefferson's deals are nearly identical, Jefferson had a player option for 2013-14 that Jackson does not. Jackson should add some athleticism that the Spurs expected from Jefferson, a leader and another scorer, which makes the Spurs even deeper and better prepared for a late playoff run.
We all know RC really wanted Stephen Jackson aka "Stak5" cause of his skills with the mic...right? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuCZfj4IQpc
Naw this is a great move. Capt Jack can be a spark off the bench and RJ? Didn´t we want to amnesty him at the start of the season? Now we can amnesty Bonner and his bloated contract can´t we? And yep the Spurs traded up in the draft for Kawhi and I do believe we got the better end of the deal so I trust RC and what he´s doing. I give the FO an A- on this trade. If needed we can trade Bonner and or Blair on draft day. GO SPURS GO!!!
@SpursG I hope Spurs keep Blair. He mostly has a few good minutes to put into each game, but he shouldn't be a starter. Can't be to expensive to keep him on.
Stop being haters and just wait for SJ to play then lay down your complains afterwards. What do you guys think you are? fortune tellers. Better cheer for Dallas if that's your point of view.
Honestly, I like this move. I didn't hate RJ as he hit the 3 well and he was a good guy but he just didn't play much defense and we have enough shooters. If Cpt, Jack can stay healthy, we get a much better defender, and not that worse of a 3 point shooter. He is a better passer and can still take it to the hole, not to mention the fact that he is a better free throw shooter as well. If his head is on right and he stays healthy, this is a good move. He can play the 2 or 3. A lot of you don't like this, but i remember earlier in the year people just wanted to amnesty him. I think this is much better. Hopefully Kaman will get bought out and we can make a run at him. Someone also mentioned Okafor.I don't like Okafor as he is an undersized 5 and right now has a mysterious knee injury. Go Spurs go
This was a GREAT move. Let's look at it.
We get a scorer back. Mid-range and 3' (RJ wasn't a mid-range guy). He's longer and will be able to defend Durant and James.
As for the first round pick, JAMES ANDERSON. That's on I need to say about that. Just because you have one doesn't mean you always pick the right guy. We also sent TJ Fords Million dollar contract with RJ. So we free up cap for this year. Now we can sign someone other than a D-player this year. Great move by the FO. We're not done, they know we need a big this year. Next year Lorbeck will be a spur. I see the spurs waiting for the right player to be cut and they'll go get him. Sitting back and waiting is how our FO play's it. The Warriors had to take Jackson in that deal and most likely they were planning on a buyout with thim and cutting him. We just cleared up room and a lot of it for 12-13 & 14-15 to start our rebuilding. We now have money to bring some of these guys over that are ready and go get some young free agents.
Don't think we're out of the draft yet. Blair's contract is up next year, I see the spurs trading him on draft night and he's worth a 12-17th overall draft pick. It'll depend on which team wants him.
Great job by our FO once again. These guys are always on their "A" Game.
I can remember when everyone was calling Danny Green "trash", our FO stayed with him and look at his now. One of our future pieces.
Come on guys, we were never going to draft the next Tim Duncan late in the first round this coming 2012 draft.
We already drafted Ryan Richards, Davis Bertans and obtained the rights to Erazam Lorbek. 3 big men waiting to play with our organization. We don't need another young big. We need a PROVEN big via trade or free agency.
As for our PG position, I would love to see Manu run the point off the bench. Wishful thinking, I'm sure.
And how can anyone not like SJ over RJ??!!!! RJ may have developed into a better 3 pt shooter but come on people.. Neal, Bonner, Manu and even Green, Kawhi and TP have been sinking the 3's this year. We don't need more 3's to win in the playoffs. We need DEFENSE. Any move that betters us defensively without sacrificing crucial offense is the right move.
@russman138 Correct. RJ he averaged 2.5 points and shot 17.6 percent in the last four games of a six-game, first-round loss to Memphis.
I'm curious what the "protected" portion is on the 2012 pick. I guess it's protected if by some fluke the spurs tank into the lottery? Seems silly at this stage of the season but I'm curious.
The two key things that this move does THIS year is allow Leonard more PT at the 3, possibly even starting with regularity, and giving insurance for Manu and his potential injuries. I'm also not a fan of giving up the 1st rounder, but I'm staying focused on this year and trusting the FO for the future. Oh, let's not forget that it is usually a good sign when you can sell high (RJ) and buy low (SJ).
Just trust the FO.
Everyone had nothing but negatives to say when G.Hill got traded and i think we got the better part of the deal.
They know what they are doing, and have proven it before.
Toughness was lacking from RJ. Can't be said of SJ. Rember how hard Mdys was in last years playoff's, we need more guys like that when things are grind it out in the playoffs. That's how the Grizz got past us, Randolph and Allen were more determined than our guys. This is like having 2 Manu's now. A decision made only for this years season and playoffs, I'm sure. Also look for more KL minutes ahead of SJ.
Jefferson wasn't doing too bad and he was a great teammate for our guys. I mean I know he didn't play like the fourth option we wished and paid for but you could see he loved playingwith our big three. I hope this chemistry picks up with sjax too. And I think this further solidifies neal playing primarily as the backup pg because sjax can play sf and sg while rj couldnt
Just shut and watch. You guys are always voting for RJ to be traded. SJ is a head case, that's true. But he is going to be ok as long as he gets another ring. He doesn't have to be the leader anymore. He's back to his usual supporting role. And that role is much deadlier for him. Losing a 1st rd pick is just ok. We can't have it all.
@AlvinPatacsilOf course its NOT ok. Giving up the ist round draft means a lot the spurs specially now that TD is at the point of re-signing or retiring. Perhaps, they are waiting for the hornets to waive Kaman.
@rtesoro440 Haven't you read the commentaries above? We already have a big in Erazem Lorbek next year. Easily among the top 5 bigs in europe right now. All we need is to convince him. That's your 1st rd pick. We need SJ more than ever before and the only reason why SJ is a headcase is because of him being on an obscure non play off team. With SA he'll get his focus back just like the focus he shown in '03.
People keep saying how instrumental Captain was in helping us win in 2003, but that was 9 years ago!!! Straight up trade would have been good but not a 1st round pick as well. I've been so excited for the 2012 draft.
Why did Jackson leave? Because he is a head case. The spurs just opt out of the huge contract with RJ only to inherit another huge contract with Jackson except, that the contract with Jackson is for a shorter term. He is NOT th guy the spurs need. And to think that they have to give the ist round draft of 2012. Did the spurs thought of going up the draft ladder by trading Joseph, Green, Neal or Bonner? The 2012 draft is full of big guys which could give the spurs a chance to sign one of them. It is a surprise how ther spurs roll the dice..
I'm not a big fan of this. RJ was a disappointment on the court, but he was a true professional and a good chemistry guy. S-Jax? The author of this article calls him a leader but that is sort of the opposite of everything I've heard about him since he left the Spurs.
Maybe straight up it wouldn't bother me but to give up as 1st rd. pick too? I kind of feel like we traded some of our now AND some of our future for cap relief next year. Hopefully it leads to signing someone good but who knows, Timmy and Manu get older each year and that window gets closer to shutting.
I'd much rather our FO worked on a deal for another big or a pg but they know better than I do I suppose. Now we hope for a decent player to get bought out, and want that would actually want to play for Spurs. I can't say I'm holding my breath.
@Joey You're right that this draft is stacked, but drafting in the late 20's is always a crap shoot. Spurs could always make another draft night trade.
@JohanBeijer once he gets bought out, yes, that current contract of $14 mil is off the books, so no team will have to pay for it. the Spurs still have the mini-midlevel exception, i believe, so they can offer him that.
@RG8907 @rtesoro440 @yowhatupT @Joey I like this move to. RJ has been looking bleak and he looks like he lacks confidence. Dosen't take enough shots and hardly ever gets to the basket and is a crappy FT shooter.Can the spurs afford Kaman? If he gets bought out does that mean that his current contract is removed? Or will he just be placed on waivers? I don't think the spurs can spend that much money if they have to take on kamans bloated contract.
@rtesoro440 @yowhatupT @Joey to be honest, Jackson is a better defender than Jefferson, he's a little taller, and shoots FTs at 80%. to me, it's a little bit of an upgrade. it stinks that we couldn't keep the 1st round pick, but as Trevor said, it's a crap shoot in the late 20's and as it stands, we would have had the 27th pick because of having the 4th best record in the league. even then, the Spurs have been able to work their magic with 2nd round picks before, and they can do it again. not to mention, we still have our stashed guys (like Ryan Richards and Davis Bertans) that we could bring in for next year. of course, we all hoped that we could have traded for another big, but we still have a shot at Kaman, whenver he gets bought out. that's all i have to say.