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Source: Richard Jefferson likely re-signing with San Antonio

Jul 15, 2010, 12:26 PM EDT

Richard Jefferson has certainly had an odd go of it with the Spurs. When he was traded to San Antonio by Milwaukee last summer, it was thought to be one of the off-season’s greatest moves, and combined with the Spurs’ other acquisitions, was supposed to thrust San Antonio back into contention. It didn’t quite work out that way. Jefferson was a flub in his first season as a Spur; he was unable to hit the corner three consistently, didn’t really create offense on the drive, and wasn’t even a plus defender.

So naturally, he opted out of his $15.2 million salary for next season…because he was so likely to earn that back by signing a new deal. Player value this summer definitely seems to be inflated, but even with those standards in mind it’s tough to say if Jefferson would even be worth the full mid-level.

Well, Spurs fans, after enduring a year of Jefferson’s misfitting skills, are likely about to find out what he’s worth. According to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News, the odds of RJ coming back to play for the Spurs next season are at 95%. It seemed that Jefferson’s opt-out was motivated by an intent to sign a long-term deal before the inevitable lockout/new CBA, but it’s unknown how long or valuable a new deal with the Spurs would be. He’d likely need a three year deal for something close to the mid-level to equal the $15.2 million he left behind, but at this stage is Jefferson really worth that much of an investment?

  1. M. James - Jul 15, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Well that sucks for R.J. He should fire this agent. Noboby was going to give hime 15M a year especially after his performance last year. He should come back, we should welcome him back, and continue to build this year. Let’s face, how many other SF are out there that may or may not be able to adjust to the Spurs system. At least R.J. knows it now after being in it a year. Besides, Gee, Gist, and Temple all need some playing time.

  2. TJ - Jul 15, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    This will be the greatest Spurs team to ever grace the floor.
    Think about it?
    Manu Ginobili was playing the best basketball ever for the Spurs at the tail-end of last season. Hill came on strong late too putting up big numbers after the allstar break and so did Jefferson. Blair also came on late.
    Now that these guys have been playing together for over a year now the Spurs will be able to roll up even more than 50 wins. Take into very serious consideration we werent healthy last season. Now if we are healthy next season watch out. I say the Spurs will win 65 games. Tiago Splitter was the only missing piece last season. The Spurs needed a center very badly last year and we had nobody. Hes the best center the Spurs have had since Robinson left.
    James Anderson is better than Roger Mason and old Finley from last year.
    Watch they will take 65. And they see it as their last hurrah too. They know they need a higher seed. Spurs/ Lakers Spurs in 7. Spurs/Heat or Celtics.
    P.S. Celtics beat Lakers if they wouldve had Jermaine O’neal this year.

  3. Anonymous - Jul 17, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    i just want tim to win more than KOBE at any cost

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