According to a report on ESPN.com by Marc Stein, the Nuggets and Cavaliers are distancing themselves from the Stephen Jackson trade sweepstakes, and the new leader in the clubhouse is . . . the Charlotte Bobcats.
The prize in a Stephen Jackson deal with the Bobcats would be Charlotte forward Boris Diaw. Diaw is 6-foot-8, 235 pounds and is averaging 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists this season. Last year, he averaged 13.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists. He seems like a good fit for the Warriors offense. Diaw is a talented forward who hasn’t always played up to his potential but when he does, he’s really spectacular, an athletic big man who can score, rebound, pass the ball and defend. He seems like a dream come true for Don Nelson.
According to Stein, Diaw is the player the Warriors would want in the deal. The Bobcats would prefer to package center Nazr Mohammed (2.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.8 blocks) and forward Vladimir Radmanovich (4.8 points, 4.3 rebounds) in the deal. Something has to give.
Please understand, this is in no way a done deal. It’s probably nothing more than some stale NBA chatter that Stein picked up from one or more of his sources. It could be news of talks between two teams that have already happened and since fallen apart (that’s what trade rumors in the NBA usually are). Jackson could be traded tomorrow to the Bobcats, or the Nuggets, or the Cavaliers, or some other team we’re not even thinking about. Or the Warriors could wait until the trade deadline or not trade him at all. So, this Bobcats talk is just a rumor. But it’s still fun to think and talk about.
What do you think of this? If the Warriors could get Diaw in a deal for Jackson, would you want it to happen? What if it meant giving up Ronny Turiaf, too? Would you consider trading Jackson for Mohammed and Radmanovich? Post your thoughts here and let me know.