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Report: Spurs to use amnesty clause on Richard Jefferson

Dec 7, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

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Richard Jefferson apparently is out in San Antonio… which with the Spurs always makes you think something else is coming. Like maybe Caron Butler.

Jefferson will be one of the first players waived under the new amnesty provision, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

The Spurs have decided to use the amnesty clause on contract of Richard Jefferson, league sources tell Y! Sports. He has 3 years, $30M left.

This would drop the Spurs below the luxury tax level, to $65.2 million on the books heading into the season. But this is also a Spurs team in win-now mode and Jefferson may have been overpaid but he did contribute on the court, 11 points per game and he was a three-point threat that spread the floor. So how do the Spurs replace that production?

How about Butler, who met with the Spurs on Wednesday, Wojnarowski tweets. Butler has been drawing interest from a lot of teams — Bulls, Clippers, Nets and others — but this has to be a serious consideration.

If not Butler, you know there will be a good “plan B.” This is the Spurs, there is always a plan. But Jefferson is not part of it.

Jefferson likely will draw interest on the free agent market. But he may not fall to a contending team — under the new amnesty rules there is a secondary waiver where teams under the salary cap can bid to pay a part of the players contract and get his services (the player has no say in this, he cannot reject it). Jefferson may be bid on.

  1. trueballs - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    “This would drop the Spurs below the luxury tax level, to $65.2 million on the books heading into the season.”

    isn’t the salary cap still around $58 million? How is $65 mil below the luxury tax level?

    • memphismiracle - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:29 PM

      You can go above the salary cap without paying the luxury tax. There is a second line for the luxury. That is around 70 million I think.

  2. teke184 - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Has anyone figured out yet whether players picked up in an amnesty auction are tradeable?

    Jefferson could be a cheap pickup for a team looking for a competent 3, but they may not want to be on the hook for him for three years.

    If, say, the Hornets took him and kept him through the 2011-2012 season, could he be traded during the 2012-2013 offseason? And if so, what is his salary value in a trade calculated? Off what the Spurs are paying him, what the Hornets are paying him, or some other calculation similar to Base Year Compensation?

  3. suhnum1fan - Dec 7, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    I don’t think you can trade a guy you sign from the amnesty clause

  4. dawkattack - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Thank you he was useless :)

  5. bparmalee - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    My understanding is that amnesty players would be like any other asset a team has….. they can do as they please. So sign em up and ship em out NBA2K style!!!

  6. 00maltliquor - Dec 8, 2011 at 2:31 AM

    The Spurs had an amnesty on Richard Jefferson LAST YEAR. It was called, HE OPTED OUT OF HIS OWN FREAKIN CONTRACT! Then they just preceed to pick him right back up and sign him to another horrible contract! The Spurs should just be forced to keep him due to that idiotic maneuver.

  7. 00maltliquor - Dec 8, 2011 at 2:37 AM

    And forget getting Butler. Something smells like Caron is gonna turn into R.J. part2. They already gave up a lot to get rookie SF Kawhi Leonard. They’d be better suited trying to get Thaddeus Young instead of just staying old and beat up.

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