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Spurs are aggressively shopping for a small forward, Jefferson on the way out?

Dec 3, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

Richard Jefferson

The Spurs will likely look a bit different this year than they did last season. Tim Duncan‘s a year older. Manu Ginobili is a year older. DeJuan Blair‘s knees are a year older. They traded George Hill for Kawhi Leonard. Tiago Splitter will get more minutes. And from the looks of it, they’ll have another small forward. Which is… interesting. From the San Antonio News Express:

The Spurs are believed to have been in contact with representatives of at least four free-agent small  forwards: Dallas’ Caron Butler, former New Jersey Net Bostjan Nachbar and Washington Wizards Josh Howard and Maurice Evans.T

his doesn’t necessarily mean the Spurs have already decided to waive Jefferson, who has three years and nearly $30.5 million left on his deal . It only means that option is on the table, and general manager R.C. Buford is apparently preparing for that contingency.

via Spurs Nation » Amnesty for Jefferson still on table.

Using the amnesty on Jefferson should be a near certainty.  His production improved last year in the regular season and then vanished into nothingness in the playoffs. Leonard is a gifted defender with exceptional length, and adding Josh Howard might replace Jefferson’s offense if Howard is healthy. Butler would be another good fit at both ends of the floor.

The Spurs are clearly looking for a cheap pickup. It’s reasonable to think Peter Holt is considering scaling back on spending in anticipation of the new luxury tax. The money would still have to be spent on Jefferson, but the Spurs could move forward. If Jefferson were to be amnestied, though, he’d get a significant number of offers.

  1. gallaghedj311 - Dec 3, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Any truth to the rumor the 76ers had acquired monta Ellis?

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 4, 2011 at 5:05 PM

      Isn’t that rumor from last year? Ellis straight up for Iggy?

  2. edmazeing1 - Dec 3, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Thank god I want RJ gone, he sucks man, maybe Nets will take his a$$ back!!

  3. passerby23 - Dec 3, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Tough position for the Spurs. Do any of these free agents want to sign on a sinking Spurs ship? Difficult to imagine even another piece being enough to push them over the hump. Duncan has become a serviceable inside presence at best, which means most of their offense comes from the perimeter. Tough to win that way in the playoffs, which is what happened last year.

  4. bcjim - Dec 3, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Isn’t it customary to identify a subject by both names? Or does this fellow just go by ‘Jefferson’?

  5. bearsstillsuck - Dec 3, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    did all the spurs’ players age by a year, or just the ones you mentioned?

  6. rgledz - Dec 3, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    He must be European as he just goes by Jefferson. He’s like Ronaldo or Kaka. I’m a big Jefferson guy. There’s George, Thomas, Al…..I could go on and on, but I don’t want to spend a longer amount of time on this comment than the 2 second blogger spent on this post.

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