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Stephen Jackson
SG/SF - 6'8, 220lbs - 46 years old - 14 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2015 season
  • Birthdate: 04/05/1978
  • Drafted (NBA): 43rd pick, 1997
  • Pre-draft team: Oak Hill Academy
  • Country: USA/Dominican Republic
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
1997 NBA DraftNBADrafted 43rd overall by Phoenix.
15th July, 1997NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Phoenix.
16th September, 1997CBADrafted 21st overall in the 1997 CBA Draft by La Crosse Bobcats.
30th October, 1997NBAWaived by Phoenix.
14th November, 1997CBASigned with La Crosse Bobcats.
9th December, 1997CBAWaived by La Crosse Bobcats.
February 1998AustraliaSigned with Sydney Kings.
12th March, 1998AustraliaReleased by Sydney Kings.
30th October, 1998CBASigned with La Crosse Bobcats.
12th November, 1998CBAWaived by La Crosse Bobcats.
21st January, 1999NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Chicago.
29th January, 1999NBAWaived by Chicago.
Spring 1999VenezuelaSigned with Marinos.
28th June, 1999Dominican RepublicSigned with San Carlos.
1st October, 1999NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Vancouver.
28th October, 1999NBAWaived by Vancouver.
November 1999CBASigned with Fort Wayne Fury.
3rd December, 1999CBAWaived by Fort Wayne Fury.
Spring 2000Dominican RepublicSigned with Marinos.
Spring 2000Dominican RepublicSigned with Pueblo Nuevo.
Summer 2000VenezuelaSigned with San Carlos.
29th September, 2000NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with New Jersey.
1st August, 2001NBASigned a guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with San Antonio. Included player opton for 2002/03.
30th June, 2002NBAExercised 2002/03 player option.
3rd October, 2003NBASigned a two year, $2.1 million contract with Atlanta. Included player option for 2004/05.
30th June, 2004NBADeclined 2004/05 player option.
15th July, 2004NBASigned and traded by Atlanta with a six year, $38.25 million contract to Atlanta in exchange for Al Harrington.
17th January, 2007NBATraded by Indiana, along with Al Harrington, Josh Powell and Sarunas Jasikevicius, to Golden State in exchange for Mike Dunleavy Jr, Troy Murphy, Ike Diogu and Keith McLeod.
17th November, 2008NBASigned a three year, $27,769,500 extension with Golden State.
16th November, 2009NBATraded by Golden State, along with Acie Law, to Charlotte in exchange for Raja Bell and Vladimir Radmanovic.
2011 NBA DraftNBAAs a part of a three team deal, traded by Charlotte, along with Shaun Livingston and the draft rights to Tobias Harris (#19), to Milwaukee in exchange for Corey Maggette, and, from Sacramento, the draft rights to Bismack Biyombo (#7).
14th March, 2012NBATraded by Milwaukee, along with Andrew Bogut, to Golden State in exchange for Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown.
15th March, 2012NBATraded by Golden State to San Antonio in exchange for T.J. Ford, Richard Jefferson and a 2012 first round pick (#30, Festus Ezeli).
12th April, 2013NBAWaived by San Antonio.
10th December, 2013NBASigned an unguaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season with L.A. Clippers.
7th January, 2014NBAWaived by L.A. Clippers.
Career Moves
1996 - 1997Butler County (Junior College)
June 1997 - October 1997Phoenix Suns (NBA)
November 1997 - December 1997La Crosse Bobcats (CBA)
February 1998 - March 1998Sydney Kings (Australia)
October 1998 - November 1998La Crosse Bobcats (CBA)
January 1999Chicago Bulls (NBA)
March 1999Marinos (Venezuela)
June 1999San Carlos (Dominican Republic)
October 1999Vancouver Grizzlies (NBA)
November 1999 - December 1999Fort Wayne Fury (CBA)
Spring 2000Marinos (Venezuela)
Spring 2000San Carlos (Dominican Republic)
Summer 2000Pueblo Nuevo (Dominican Republic)
July 2000Vancouver Grizzlies (Summer League)
September 2000 - July 2001New Jersey Nets (NBA)
August 2001 - July 2003San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
October 2003 - July 2004Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
July 2004 - January 2007Indiana Pacers (NBA)
January 2007 - November 2009Golden State Warriors (NBA)
November 2009 - June 2011Charlotte Bobcats (NBA)
June 2011 - March 2012Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)
March 2012Golden State Warriors (NBA)
March 2012 - April 2013San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
December 2013 - January 2014L.A. Clippers (NBA)
Articles about Stephen Jackson

January 3, 2014

L.A. Clippers - Maalik Wayns and Stephen Jackson: Wayns's contract was due to be guaranteed on December 1st, but the date was seemingly revised after Wayns's injury that has caused him to miss the whole season to date (players on unguaranteed contracts that are hurt in the course of team related activities are paid until they are healthy again). Healthy again, Wayns now seems unlikely to make the cut, in light of the Clipper's luxury tax position. The same position factors into the decision on Jackson, and his worryingly poor play since his midseason call-up compounds the problem.

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October 18, 2013

[...] And this is probably a good thing. Of the 106 players from 2008, 31 of them had an average salary for the duration of between $3 million and $9.3 million, and only two of them (Ben Gordon and Robert Swift) were one year deals. Included in there were four years deals for the likes of Eduardo Najera ($12 million) and James Posey ($25,020,800), five-year deals for the likes of Ryan Gomes ($21,175,000) and Daniel Gibson ($20,054,000) and oversized three-years deals for the likes of Sasha Vujacic ($15 million) and Stephen Jackson ($27,769,500). Of those players, only Gomes has ever received another deal and is still in the league, an unguaranteed minimum salary one with OKC. You know your contract was too long when the player never gets another one afterwards.

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October 1, 2013

In the past four NBA seasons, there have been 208 occasions on which a player has scored 40 or more points - regular season and playoffs combined. Fifty-seven players have combined for those 208 outbursts, including such unlikely names such as Luis Scola, C.J. Watson and C.J. Miles.

Most of the players are stars, or were stars at the time. Many still are. But some of those players have fallen from this intermittent grace so badly that they now only earn the minimum salary.

Despite their proven potency, Nick Young, Al Harrington, Anthony Morrow, Aaron Brooks and Michael Beasley are now earning as little as a player can - in the case of Beasley, not one dollar of this minimum is even guaranteed. This was agreed to less than three calendar years from his 42-point game, quite the backwards progression.

Four others, however, haven't even got that much to show. Four players who scored 40 or more points in an NBA game over the past four years aren't in the NBA any more.

Two are injury related - Brandon Roy and Gilbert Arenas. Roy has retired, twice, due to his debilitating knee troubles, while Arenas is a mere fraction of the player he was. He doesn't need to officially retire from the NBA - he simply wasn't good enough to stay in it any more, and fell out of it before the age of 30.

One is attitude related. Stephen Jackson had himself a fine spot as a role player on a team that came within one fluke occurrence of winning the NBA championship, but he wanted more and ruined it all. He is now out of the league - at the age of 35, with steady years of several decline behind him, and possibly his strongest bridge burned, Jackson will be very lucky to make it back.

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March 14, 2012

[...] The Warriors also agreed (and, surely, did not desire) to take Stephen Jackson back in the deal. This brings full-circle a strange saga that only Stephen Jackson could complete. When previously a Warrior, Jackson signed a highly generous three-year extension, then almost immediately demanded out. He got suspended, then got his way, got traded to the moribund Bobcats, and then got traded again to Milwaukee. He again demanded an extension, this time didn’t get it, again demanded a trade, and again got benched on account of his attitude. Throughout all this, he has continued to age, and his skills have eroded away. By this time, he is no longer starting caliber, but he doesn’t seem to know this. Hopefully, the Warriors do.

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June 25, 2011

Ric Bucher kicks the night off with the announcement of a three team trade between Charlotte, Sacramento and Milwaukee, one which highlights the futility of ever trying to predict trades. [No one alive predicted this. No one even predicted the framework of it.] Bucher tells of how Charlotte will trade Stephen Jackson, Shaun Livingston and the #19 pick to Milwaukee, in exchange for Corey Maggette from Milwaukee and the #7 pick from Sacramento, thereby ending my own Stephen Jackson-based aspirations.

The trade also includes John Salmons and the #10 pick being sent from Milwaukee to Sacramento, in addition to Beno Udrih going the other way, thereby making the deal from the Kings perspective a swap of Salmons for Udrih, and a trading down of three spots. Salmons was a King between July 2006 and February 2009, when he was traded to Chicago along with Brad Miller in exchange for Andres Nocioni's lengthy contract, Drew Gooden's expiring contract, and some peripheries. Sacramento's motivation to deal was to save short term money by taking on long term money. They then did the opposite, taking on short term money to open up long term cap space, when they traded Nocioni and Spencer Hawes last summer for Samuel Dalembert. And now they have used that cap space.......on John Salmons. It is, needless to say, a baffling trade, and one that could have been avoided had the Kings done more than 5 seconds of Googling and checked to see if Salmons had gotten much worse since he left.

The rest of the deal is fairly simple to comprehend. Charlotte moves up big by giving up two decent but excess guards, and accelerates a long moribund rebuilding process. Milwaukee beings the long process of undoing their own expensive mistakes, gaining some contributors in the process. But as for Sacramento........what was the point? What was the aim? What does this deal hope to achieve? The answers get no clearer throughout the evening.

(Stephen Jackson is reported to be unhappy about being traded to Milwaukee. Him and a thousand others. Wait until the day comes that he's traded to somewhere where he's not allowed to wear a headband. It's going to kick off.)

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June 9, 2011

Stage 1: Bring back Stephen Jackson.

Specifically, for Ronnie Brewer, Keith Bogans, and the #28 pick.

The cost of trading for Stephen Jackson must be weighted against two things - the abilities of Stephen Jackson himself, and the cost of the alternatives. There is no point paying out the arse for Stephen Jackson in a trade, when signing one of the aforementioned players - arbitrarily, let's say Arron Afflalo - would cost you no assets in trade and would also not cost as much salary. The player obtained in the latter scenario would not be as good, but they may be only slightly worse than Jackson. Is it better to have Affalo, Brewer and the 28, or just Jackson? Indeed. Or maybe a rebuilding Jazz team would happily gift an aging Raja Bell. A combination of any number of hypotheticals could return similar for less. And thus not much in the way of basketball assets can be traded.

The hypothetical attraction for Charlotte lies in the salary savings. Everything previously stated about the reduced ability to spend is just as true of Charlotte as it is of anyone. Stephen Jackson is not a bad contract, but he is a big one, and twice in recent months has that been sufficient reason for them to trade a starter. In exchange for Tyson Chandler, they got nothing but luxury tax relief; in exchange for Gerald Wallace, they got salary relief, a backup small forward, and two not particularly good first round picks.

You could argue that, having already done this twice, they don't need to do it a third time. But I would counter that by highlighting the fact that this team sold for the equivalent of $25 million as recently as last year, and then recorded the perfectly useless figure of 34 wins the season after. If you're going to lose, therefore, lose cheaply and properly.

[...] As for Jackson himself, he fits rather snugly into what the Bulls do. Jackson is a good, big, interested and versatile defender, a description guaranteed to wet Tom Thibodeau's palate.24 He can handle and pass to above average standards for a wing player, which the Bulls could certainly use, even if he should do slightly less of the former. And he's a good-enough shooter; at the very least, he's as good as Keith Bogans, albeit with slightly less judicious selection.

The Bulls need a wing player who defends his position well, can handle the ball, make shots, and double as a secondary playmaker. They also need a wingman who, if called upon, can consistently take and make his own shot in a halfcourt set, particularly in clutch situations. Since precisely four players alive fit that mold, they'll have to settle for the flawed but helpful Jackson. Jackson's history of randomly beating up fans and randomly firing guns into the air outside of strip clubs is certainly a sticking point - the Bulls don't often like to get their hands dirty, which is why they won't touch Delonte West, despite how neatly of a fit he is into their current guise. However, seemingly every player or coach to have ever worked with Jackson has loved him, for his passion, spirit, and his out-and-out desire. The reprehensibly douchey things that he did can be overlooked if every other box is ticked. The Bulls prioritise "jib," but that doesn't mean they are criminal-free.

[Stephen Jackson was a Bull once before, for a week. True story. He signed for 1998/99 training camp - which was actually held in January 1999 - but broke his foot and was released. Here we are, twelve years on, and the man has become a good quality, healthy, NBA player. And it only took two trips to the Dominican Republic to do it.]

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