Report: Spurs Nab Richard Jefferson
Jefferson has been in Wisconsin for one year, following last June's draft day trade which sent Yi Jianlian and others to New Jersey. Jefferson has always been a moderately efficient scorer, and he should provide some relief for Tony Parker and Tim Duncan in the Spurs starting line-up. He's not quite an ace defender, but he played hard for Scott Skiles last season and hasn't missed a game in two seasons.
San Antonio still has some obvious holes. Michael Finley is not defensively viable at the starting two-guard much longer, and the Oberto/Thomas combo played 2,000 minutes in the Spurs frontcourt last season. The team seems wed to re-signing Drew Gooden, who got into 19 games of action after being bought out by Sacramento at the deadline last season. Matt Bonner will apparently continue to figure heavily, as well.
Milwaukee gets the dynamite swingman named Cap Space. After all is said and done on this deal, the Bucks save about $6 million in 2009-10 salary (and $15 million in 2010-11 salary). But thanks in part to Michael Redd's massive salary ($17 million), the team still has roughly $60 million in payroll locked up for next season. In other words, don't count on this opening up space for Charlie Villanueva or Ramon Sessions. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute will likely take the starting small forward position vacated by Jefferson, and perhaps Joe Alexander will get some air now.