By all accounts, Stephen Jackson seems to be delighted to be a Milwaukee Buck.
Jackson, the veteran swingman whom the Bucks acquired from Charlotte in a three-team transaction last Thursday, sported a perpetual smile during a press conference with Wisconsin media Wednesday at the Bradley Center.
"I'm definitely happy to be here,'' said the extroverted Jackson, who entered the media room shouting "What's up, everybody?''
The same might be asked about Jackson. There was a tweet by a national NBA writer on draft day that Jackson was upset about being traded to Milwaukee.
Jackson acknowledged he was initially bothered by the news of him being sent to his seventh NBA team.
But he added that once the initial shock of the deal dissipated, he warmed up to the trade. He is eager for a fresh start and he is even more excited about the prospect of padding his bank account.
During his press conference, Jackson said he considered himself to be not only "underrated'' but "underpaid.''
After the press conference, Jackson candidly told me he hopes to change the latter. Jackson said he had lobbied for a contract extension with the Bobcats and that his insistence for additional years was "directly'' tied in him being traded to Milwaukee.
Jackson has two years left on his contract: $9.26 million this season and $10 million for the 2012-13 season.
Jackson said he wants to play four more seasons, meaning he's seeking a two-year extension from the Bucks that would expire when he is 37 years old.
Is Bucks general manager John Hammond, who has constantly preached about getting the Bucks' financial house in order, be willing to grant a player on the downside of his career an extension?
That remains to be seen. What we won't need to wait on is whether Jackson will remain a happy camper if his contract isn't extended.
When I asked how important an extension was to him, Jackson responded quickly and emphatically, saying, "It's mandatory.''
- Speaking of contract extensions, the Bucks five assistant coaches - Jim Boylan, Kelvin Sampson, Joe Wolf, Bill Peterson and Anthony Goldwire - were recently presented contract extension offers.
However, it is believed none of them has accepted the offers, in part because they are allegedly being asked to take pay cuts.
Two assistants - Boylan and Sampson - have recently interviewed with other teams. Sampson is a finalist for the vacant Detroit Pistons head coaching position and Boylan is a finalist to be the lead assistant with the Phoenix Suns.
All of the assistant coaches will become "free agents'' on July 1 and would no longer need permission from the Bucks to talk to other teams.