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Jefferson likely headed back to Spurs

Posted on: July 15, 2010 11:48 am
Edited on: July 15, 2010 11:49 am
Posted by Royce Young

Richard Jefferson made big news when he opted out of a contract that would've paid him around $15 million this upcoming season. His reasoning? He was after a long-term deal before the new collective bargaining agreement drops. He hoped to make up his losses in the long run.

That sounds like a great plan except for one small, but key part: He hasn't been able to find a team.

Now comes the report from Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio News-Express quoting a source that says the chances of Jefferson returning to the Spurs are at 95 percent. Those sound like pretty good chances to me.

Jefferson arrived in San Antonio last season from Milwaukee and most agreed it was a major deal for the Spurs. But Jefferson was disappointing in a contract year (averaged just 12.3 ppg), so common sense said he wouldn't exercise the opt-out. He's 30 and while he surely has a few good years left, fetching anything near the $15 million he was set to make was just not going to happen.

Right now, the other primary option for Jefferson is probably in Los Angeles with the Clippers, but as Matt Moore pointed out today , the Clips are working out Tracy McGrady and likely wouldn't offer Jefferson the long-term deal he's after. They just drafted Al-Farouq Aminu who plays small forward and obviously they already have Eric Gordon, so it's not likely the Clippers are in play anymore.


Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: July 15, 2010 7:12 pm

Jefferson likely headed back to Spurs

Personally I couldn't believe the Spurs picked him up at that price in the first place.  He hasn't been worth anything near that amount for a while now.  Granted he started picking it up come playoff time, it's unlikely that he could carry that momentum into the next season.  Jefferson should have just taken the guaranteed $15 mil and tried to prove his worth. 

On that note, I don't think the Spurs should waste their money on Jefferson.  They should go ahead and reinvest that money luring back an asset they should have never traded away in the first place.  Luis Scola is a great player and the Spurs should try to reaquire him with the money they save from Jefferson.  Scola has more years of playing time left than Jefferson and I think is better and more aggressive.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2010 5:56 pm

What a jackball....

Opted out of 15 mil looking for long term deal. guess the free agency class didnt break how he thought it would. But he had to know that he wasnt that good? It'll take 3 or 4 years to make what he would have made this year. EPIC FAIL....

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2010 4:50 pm

Jefferson likely headed back to Spurs

Sounds a bit like T.O. (having a hard time finding a team).. I wonder why?!?

Since: Jun 22, 2010
Posted on: July 15, 2010 2:48 pm

Jefferson likely headed back to Spurs

Yes, Richard Jefferson is a prime example of players got over paid and teams realized that his talent is not worth the price. Now he is having a hard time looking for takers. This should be a lesson to all NBA teams and probably one of the key subjects for the new CBA.

Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: July 15, 2010 2:41 pm

Jefferson likely headed back to Spurs

I am sure his agent has a few words in there...Mr. Jefferson, I can get you a $40-$50 mil contract if you opt out. More $$$ is always music to anyone's ears, but I do agree. He should take what is on the table, it's guaranteed.

Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2010 12:38 pm

Jefferson likely headed back to Spurs

Yeah I agree with you guys.  Jefferson is thinking a little highly of himself.  He was downright awful last season with the spurs.  Im not sure what he has left to offer anyteam at this point in his career.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2010 12:32 pm

Jefferson likely headed back to Spurs

I was shocked at the time, and am still shocked at this point in time that Jefferson truly thought opting out of the last year of his contract was smart.  I get that he wants a long term deal in case of a lockout, but with a salary of $15m for next season, I think he could have survived a year long lockout without jeopardizing his finances.

He should consider himself lucky if he gets half that much money this upcoming year with whatever new deal he signs.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2010 12:06 pm

Jefferson likely headed back to Spurs

This is what happens when you believe you are worth a lot more than you really are.

Let this be a lesson to you kids out there.

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