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Report: Spurs frontrunners to trade for Al Jefferson

Feb 6, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

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It is widely expected the Utah Jazz are going to trade one of their two big men before the trade deadline — Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are both in the last year of their contracts and they are not both coming back.

The Spurs are in the lead to land Jefferson, reports long-time hoops writer Chris Sheridan of

The San Antonio Spurs are the front-runners to land Al Jefferson in a trade with the Utah Jazz – and they are frontrunners like Secretariat was in the 1973 Belmont Stakes….

“Those teams are practically incestuous, they are on such good terms internally,” one NBA source told me Wednesday.

With Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors on the bench, the Jazz don’t lose that much by shipping out Jefferson, and it’s not like the Jazz are title contenders anyway. What they could use is a point guard and Sheridan notes Patty Mills is on the Spurs roster.

The question is what other parts move to make this work — Tiago Splitter and Stephen Jackson are possibles. Also, do the Spurs plan to keep Jefferson around, re-signing him this summer?

Deals have a way of falling apart, and with these two teams there are not a lot of leaks, but don’t be shocked that if out of the blue in the next couple weeks a deal between these two appears “out of nowhere.”

  1. goraidersgospurs - Feb 6, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    I dont usually say positive things about my Spurs cause it brings bad luck, but if we some how land AL I will say bring on OKC again without fear! !!

  2. reasonablemindsays - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    This team would be unstoppable with big Al. Pop has managed to make the useless Splitter look like a decent player. Imagine what he could do with a good player in their prime.

    • tralse - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      Why imagine? You’ve already got Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobli, and Tony Parker to use as examples.

  3. aarondommin - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    I fail to see how the Spurs acquire Al Jefferson for Tiago Splitter and Stephen Jackson. Really Kurt, are you just throwing stuff at a wall to see if it sticks?? Utah is the 7th seed but only 4 games out of 4th and when Mo Williams gets back its worth making a run at that spot. Some insight other than Chris Sheridan saying “the Spurs are the front runners” would be nice. If all it took was Stephen Jackson and Tiago Splitter I feel like 28 other teams would be lining up to make a run at Al Jefferson.

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      And what does the four seed really get Utah? They are going to get nothing for Jefferson so they have a slightly better chance of making the second round? They are trading one of the bigs, the only question is which one and to whom.

      • irishfan109 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:24 PM

        I agree with Kurt here. Either stay with the team as is and take a 1st round playoff exit and let Big Al walk without anything to show for it, or try to acquire a young PG, a pick and maybe an expiring contract and hope for a quick rebuild.

        Hayward, Favors, Millsap and Kanter is a decent core to start with.

      • biasedhomer - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:34 PM

        Your trade is Splitter and Jackson for Al. All 3 are expirings, might as well keep Jefferson then.

        I’d say the Jazz would want Leonard or would want the Spurs to take on Marvin Williams’ contract.

      • aarondommin - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        A 4th seed gets home court advantage and more home playoff games. Also a much better shot of making the second round where more home playoff games take place generating more revenue for the team. Trading Al Jefferson (expiring) for Stephen Jackson and Tiago (Both expiring) makes Utah worse while not improving their future AT ALL and losing out on the playoff revenue. Utah gets nothing for an asset and arguably gives up an asset while losing money (playoff revenue) in the process.

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Leaks? Like when the story ends up on PBT? Deals off.betcha

  5. funktron2x - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Hell no on trading Splitter, guy is a baller. I’m ok with Jack and mills going tho. Splitter is awesome working pick n roll and playing the second big to Timmy. great passer, good finisher, crafty.

  6. funktron2x - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    And no way in hell Kawhi is going any damn where. Silliness.

    • biasedhomer - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      Gotta give something to get something.

  7. jmclarkent - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    There is no way in hell that KOC would want Steven Jackson or Steven Jackson would want Utah. They don’t sign that kind of guy. I’m not saying that he couldn’t be added as filler, but he would be cut before the HTML on ESPN was dry.

    I don’t think the Spurs will move the pieces that it would take to get a 28 year old 17/10 guy. He is expiring, but the Spurs will be able to offer him more than anyone else.

    • biasedhomer - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:32 PM

      Jackson is there mainly to get salaries to match. THe only other big contracts the spurs have are Duncan, Parker, and Manu, all of whom will remain on the Spurs.

  8. qpoiu1 - Feb 7, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Don’t trade splitter, he sets mean picks! (skip bayless)

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