Dec 7, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT
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.
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