In responding publicly to a question at an event in NY yesterday about whether or not the Warriors would make the playoffs next season, Stephen Jackson offered the following comment – via Dime Magazine:
“Um…I don’t think I’ll be a Warrior next year. I’m looking to leave.”
Dime Magazine later sat down with Jackson, and posted the following exchange late yesterday:
“Dime: Is there anywhere specifically you want to go?
SJ: Either Cleveland, anywhere in Texas or out here with Al in New York.”
If nothing else this is another interesting twist in what has become a very entertaining post season for Cavaliers’ fans. Is the interest mutual though? I would guess not for a number of reasons, shear talent not withstanding. Jackson is under contract through 2012 – 2013, and on his 35th birthday he is scheduled to make $10 million. From an on-the-court-next season standpoint, Jackson would be a nice piece to add. A true two-guardso to speak when compared with Delonte West and Anthony Parker (combo guards)…but he (SJ) comes with a number of question marks both on and off the court – will he pass, will he bum rush Cleveland fans in the stands, etc, etc – and I expect the Stephen Jackson to the Cavs fire to burn out before it ever really sets ablaze. Interesting thought though.