posted on Jul, 11 2004 @ 04:40 AM
- The Indiana Pacers are negotiating a trade that would send forward Al Harrington to Atlanta for Stephen Jackson, according
"We're close and hopefully it will be done soon. I'm definitely hoping it works out,"
Jackson told The Indianapolis Star on Saturday from his
home in Port Arthur, Texas.
The teams would not be able to complete the deal until Wednesday when a two-week leaguewide moratorium on trades and free agent signings expires.
"We've had discussions,"
Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh told the Star. "I'm not going to confirm or deny a deal."
The Star reported Saturday night that the 26-year-old Jackson would sign a six-year contract worth $44 million with Atlanta and then be traded to the
Pacers for Harrington. Harrington, who has two years and $13.3 million remaining on his contract, is one of the NBA's top sixth men but wants more
The 24-year-old was drafted 25th overall out of high school in 1998 by the Pacers. He averaged 13.3 points last season and 9.5 in the playoffs.
Jackson averaged 18.1 points for the Hawks last season, his fourth in the NBA.