A big board inside Larry Riley's office at the Warriors' practice facility in Oakland has the name of each Golden State player on a magnet underneath their respective positions. Five players are in the point guard category. Two, including Stephen Jackson, are in the shooting guard slot.
Having so many point guards isn't a huge problem for the Warriors general manager right now. And even though Jackson publicly said last month that he was looking to leave the Warriors, Riley doesn't think there's a problem there, either.
"We've taken the position that we want him to come back to camp, we want him to go to work and be Stephen Jackson," said Riley, who held individual question and answer sessions with reporters Tuesday. "That's where we're leaving it. (Coach Don Nelson) is in support of it. (Jackson) is a captain on this team."
Jackson, 31, has not commented publicly since late August when he told Dime magazine that he wanted to be in a position where he "can continually be in the playoffs and get another ring. That's where my mind is at now."
Jackson hasn't reiterated his desire to leave (he was fined $25,000 by the NBA for publicly making a trade request), but trading him and receiving equal value in return will be difficult for the Warriors. Jackson signed a three-year extension with the team before the start of last season, and his contract still has four years and more than $35 million remaining.
Asked if Jackson needed to clear the air Monday when each Warriors player will be made available to the media, Riley said he will leave that up to the player.
"I don't want to get into a position where I'm speaking for somebody else," Riley said. "I haven't talked to him about that. I probably will.
"But I want whatever he says to come from Stephen Jackson. I don't want it to be the organization got a hold of him and told him to say this, or this is what you have to do. ... I'm going to let him be Stephen Jackson, and sometimes that's volatile."
Whether Jackson's situation will be a distraction during training camp or hamper the team remains to be seen.
Riley said it may be a distraction for a "day or two but once we play our first preseason game (Oct. 4 against the Los Angeles Clippers) our whole focus will be developing our team."
Riley is looking forward to seeing what the Warriors are capable of with a fully healthy lineup, as the team finished last season with just eight available players.
Riley doesn't mind having five point guards — Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, C.J. Watson, Acie Law and Speedy Claxton — right now because Ellis and Curry can play shooting guard. But he said it might be healthy for the team to make an adjustment to relieve the glut at that position.
"I look at that board every day, and the only thing about it is that it just doesn't change," Riley said. "I walk in and it's the same as it was yesterday."