This article is cross-posted at Spurs Basketball.
The Golden State Warriors traded swingman Stephen Jackson to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday for small forward Richard Jefferson, the rights to T.J. Ford (who announced his retirement earlier this week ), and a conditional first-round draft pick this year.
The Spurs are hoping that the veteran swingman responds to the challenge now that he is back in San Antonio.
San Antonio’s pick is lottery protected, but the Spurs are in second place in the Western Conference so that will probably not be an issue.
Jackson has averaged 10.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 26 games this season.
Jefferson on the other hand, has averaged 9.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 41 games with the Spurs this season. He could be in Bay Area in time for Friday night’s game against the Bucks, which will mark Ellis’ much-hyped, quick return to Oracle Arena.
In all fairness to Jefferson, he remained a professional even after he knew the Spurs wanted to amnesty him, and if not for his bloated contract, there would have been no reason to move him.
Getting Jackson is not necessarily and upgrade, he is shooting a measly 28 percent from beyond the arc this season. But the Spurs, in effect, subtract a year of his salary by switching him for Jackson. Amnesty wouldn’t have been this financially effective.