I’ll go out on a limb and call this a dumb move by the Spurs. I know Stephen Jackson hasn’t exactly been the golden boy of the NBA throughout his career but we’re talking about a tough player who when healthy can still contribute substantial offense and lock-down defense at a high level.
During the 2012 NBA playoffs Stephen Jackson was a pivotal player for the Spurs and during game 6 against the OKC Thunder, Jackson drained six three-point field goals which kept the Spurs in contention throughout the final minutes of the game, unfortunately the Spurs failed to close the gap and were subsequently eliminated from the playoffs in a decisive game six loss, final score Thunder 107, Spurs 99.
According to blog.mysanantonio.com, Spurs coach Greg Popovich stated the decision to sever ties with Jackson for the second time was not an easy one but necessary basketball business.
There are plenty of teams in the NBA that could use Jackson as a spark coming off the bench and I am sure we will soon hear of a team signing him in the weeks to come. I for one wouldn’t mind seeing him in a Celtics, Knicks, or Nets uniform and I highly doubt he’ll be back in Indiana mostly due to his history with the team, for those of you who don’t remember the famous “Indiana Pacers brawl in Detroit,” most of us would rather forget.
During the 2012-2013 season, Stephen Jackson began to see his role and playing time diminish while other players became the focal point of the player rotation. Jackson can sign with another team however he will be unable to participate in playoff competition due to an NBA rule disallowing a player to compete on a team due to a late trade or waiver beyond the NBA trade deadline.
Again, despite his past, Stephen Jackson is a very capable player who can bring bench scoring, defense, and toughness to any team. I’m sure we won’t hear the last of him.