HoopsHype Stephen Jackson rumors

July 5, 2013 Updates

Matt Barnes, according to a league source, is in the market for a full mini mid-level deal, and he'll likely sign with the Lakers or Clippers. Stephen Jackson is an intriguing candidate, but his salary has gone up every year he's been in the NBA. While Jackson might sacrifice some money this time around, $1.7 million sounds like a stretch. Another player to watch is Mickael Pietrus, whose name will be discussed among Knicks brass. Contrary to reports, the 31-year-old veteran was mostly healthy last season and has been impressive in recent pickup games. ESPN.com

June 18, 2013 Updates

"I asked him to trade me, because I wasn't playing as much and it was my contract year," said Jackson, who was earning $10 million in the final season of his contract. "I knew I could help some teams. I'm blessed that I've never had a surgery or any serious injury in my career, so I'm still healthy. I look up to guys like Grant Hill and Jason Kidd, who are able to play (until their late 30s). I'm looking forward to doing that. "But I could see it happening, because I wasn't playing, I was dominating in practice, I was working my butt off, and it was just frustrating to me … The good thing about it though, what I've learned from my younger years in the NBA, is that I stayed professional. I wasn't coming to practice screaming, I was working every day, I was a great teammate. But I felt that I was at the position in my career, 13 years, where I could go talk to Pop and we could have a solid conversation." USA Today Sports

"My respect for Pop is always going to be there, because one thing I love about Pop – he does what's best for the team, so you have to respect that," Jackson said. "I'm all about winning, and he's all about winning. One thing about Pop is that nobody can go to Pop and try to get Pop to say anything bad about me, because he won't. He knows I love the game and I deserve to play, but it was just a situation that wasn't right for me." USA Today Sports

June 13, 2013 Updates

Stephen Jackson was involved in one of the darkest, most disgraceful on-court incidents in NBA history, but he seems to look back fondly on it. In a very entertaining interview with ESPN’s Dan Le Batard and Bomani Jones (seriously, the entire 12-minute segment is worth your time), he spoke jokingly of his days with the Indiana Pacers, when in 2005 he hit a fan who threw a beer at teammate Ron Artest. About four and a half minutes into the interview, Le Batard goads Jackson into admitting that he enjoyed the fight: "It felt good to punch a fan one time" For The Win

June 5, 2013 Updates

Stephen Jackson flew commercial to Miami on Tuesday. He should have been on the Spurs' charter. He should have been joking with Tim Duncan and listening to Gregg Popovich. He should have been preparing for his second Finals and hoping he would get a few minutes trying to defend LeBron James; the Spurs might have been better for that, too. Instead, Jackson sat in 3A, on United flight 1158, from Houston to Miami. Any regrets, he was asked? “Nope,” he said. “Got my money.” San Antonio Express-News

A year ago Jackson announced, in so many words, Popovich was the only coach who could handle him. Tuesday he said he refused this season to play Popovich's “mind games.” That goes against Popovich's reputation as a straight shooter. That also goes against the conversation Popovich had just before the Spurs traded for Jackson in 2012. San Antonio Express-News

Pride wouldn't let Jackson accept that, and he admitted as much Tuesday. After showing the initial flash of anger when talking about Popovich, he later said Popovich knows him well, and that the release “was best for me so I wouldn't go crazy.” Or, as Jackson said Tuesday, again smiling, “I wouldn't want me on the team, either.” Still, Jackson insists he was right to not bend, in part, because he was right the previous time he left the Spurs. Then, after the 2003 championship, Popovich was equally blunt. San Antonio Express-News

April 18, 2013 Updates

While some face termination for not working hard enough, former Spurs forward Stephen Jackson said he was dismissed from the team for wanting to give more. “We had a disagreement,” Stephen told Sister 2 Sister about his most recent coach Gregg Popovich. “He wanted me to agree to players being better than me, and I didn’t agree. I’ve been in the NBA a long time, so it’s just something I didn’t agree with and something I have no control over. He’s the coach. He controls who plays, and he controls the team, which I do respect. At the same time, I know what I can do and what I been doing my whole career, and I’m far from ready to hang it up. So, I can’t let one person tell me where I’m at 35-years-old. To me, it just didn’t make no sense.” S2S Magazine

However, the NBA veteran said if the Spurs’ management had either granted him more playing time or released him from his contract earlier, he may have been able to help another team advance to the playoffs. “It was talked about before the all-star break, before the trade deadline…about me not wanting to be here and me going to other teams, but they wouldn’t do it then,” Stephen explained. “If they would have done it then, I would be on another team right now.” S2S Magazine

While he’s not sure what team he’ll end up on, Stephen is confident that he’ll have a lot to offer as he has in the past. “I went to Golden State and helped them get to the playoffs my first year there, and they haven’t been to the playoffs in 13 years. I played in Charlotte…and I got them to the playoffs. So, every team I go to, I make them better,” said Stephen, who considers it a blessing just to be in the NBA…and on the court. “I don’t want to be a guy who’s just sitting on the bench stealing money,” he said. S2S Magazine

April 17, 2013 Updates

McGrady won’t find it nearly so easy back in the NBA, where he averaged 5.3 points last season with Atlanta. There’s some speculation that McGrady’s addition had been the end goal all along. But at this point, the most likely explanation is probably the simplest: The Spurs excised what they viewed to be a cancer, and they needed a warm body to help pick up the slack on a Spurs bench that suddenly isn’t so deep. San Antonio Express-News

April 13, 2013 Updates

Six days before the regular season ends, the playoff-bound San Antonio Spurs surprisingly waived forward-guard Stephen Jackson on Friday. Another team can claim Jackson for the remainder of the regular season, but he is ineligible to play in the postseason because he was waived after the March 1 deadline for waived players to play in the playoffs. USA Today Sports

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