May 20, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Stephen Jackson (3) and guard Gary Neal (14) and guard Manu Ginobili (20) react as Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe (12) watches during game four of the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Could Stephen Jackson sign an extension with the Spurs next season?

Stephen Jackson played with enviable intensity and, most importantly, his emotions were intact (for the most part). He fulfilled his role much better than Richard Jefferson ever did. Unlike RJ, the “nasty” persona came natural to Jack. He’s in the final year of his contract with $10.6 million guaranteed to his name.

There is the possibility for a trade but, if Jackson continues to play well, could he be in line for an extension in 2013? Buck Harvey of the San Antonio Express-News speculates that San Antonio may consider retaining Jack.

    So Popovich laid out his priorities. He told Jackson he wanted his toughness, and there could be     minutes for him. But Popovich also told him he liked Kawhi Leonard as his small forward, and nothing     would be guaranteed.

    Then, Popovich said something else. “We’re not talking about an extension.”

    This is the power of clarity and honesty. Popovich does it as well as anyone, and it’s a reason Jackson     has said Popovich connects with him better than any other coach has.

    It’s a reason Jackson responded so well last season. And if Jackson is the same next year, don’t be     stunned by something else.

    Jackson might get another contract in 2013.

By next season, Jackson will be 35-years-old. That’s not exactly a prime age to sign another contract extension. It would be a very risky move for San Antonio to rely on an aging player that doesn’t have the skill of a Tim Duncan or Manu Ginobili. Jackson improved dramatically with the Spurs but his 26 game stint with Charlotte — he posted career lows in TS%, PER, TRB%, TOV% and offensive rating — is certainly alarming.

As a Spurs fan, I love Stephen Jackson. I want him to be a Spur … as long as it makes sense economically. The market for Jack is fluid considering he still has one year remaining to influence the price. Who knows what kind of compensation he will garner? At the end of the day, I just don’t feel too comfortable relying on aging role players that have a propensity to flame out.

San Antonio can’t afford to overpay for declining performance.

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  • rtesoro440

    Stephen JACKSON IS 35 yrs old.The Spurs are at a crossroads whether to trade or re-sign him. If I were the coaching staff, FM Buford or Mr. Holt, I would trade Jackson if there are takers. An interested team is signing a player who can guard, rebound, assist and Shoot the ball. Throw in say Anderson and Mills. Imagine what savings they may have. Say the draft pick commands $2m say Terrence Ross or other sg. Jackson will be getting $10m and translated to $ that is good $8m savings.  Plus, let’s say TD will accept to re-sign for a reduced contract of $12m. WOW! That’s another $9m savings. By then they have a whooping money of $17m. The money saved can lure at least 2 guys in the free agency say, Kaman ot Humphries and Illyasova. If the rumor that Splitter maybe traded for draft # 10 – 14, why we are back in business! Splitter is good but, he is not the player who will succeed TD. They can draft another young, long and aggressive player. If the draft is 1 on 1, it will go down to Jones 111, Zeller, Leonard or Moultrie. There are rumors that the Celtics maybe interested in Green. The Celtics have # 21 – 22 drafts. Say the Celtics are willing partners and further assuming they draft sf Jeffrey Taylor. The Spurs should accept the trade plus maybe compensation or give Avery Bradley. What to do with Blair? He good but too short to be pf/c. Trade him in the 2nd round for a pg, say Tony Wroten to compensate for the loss of Mills.  

  • WOW

    The Spurs may find a trade partner that simply don’t want an extra player but a financial relief. This team trade some of his unwanted players for Jax than waive him. Couple days later he can come back to SA negotiating a new contract with cheaper price, just like the FO did to Brent Barry before.

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  • AirAlamo1

    @WOW Any scenario that keeps Jack in a Spurs uniform for another year is a good scenario for me.

  • AirAlamo1

    @rtesoro440 I always appreciate your feedback but San Antonio can’t trade Mills or Anderson in any deal because they are no longer under contract with the Spurs. Mills is, technically, but he said he wants to test free agency.