Woj: Popovich working out Jefferson


You may already have read this (news travels fast these days on the interwebs) but Adrian Wojnarowski reported last night that, although Richard Jefferson opted out, that does not necessarily mean he is leaving town.

Via Yahoo! Sports:

Sources said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has been personally working out Jefferson in San Antonio. The free-agent forward could re-sign with the team at a number that lowers the franchise’s luxury-tax hit while guaranteeing him more money on the back end of a multiyear contract.

I’ll admit, I was a little excited by the idea that the Richard Jefferson experiment may have come to an end. But a quick glance at the list of available wings makes me think that, if the Spurs have the opportunity to sign Jefferson to a multi-year deal for a significantly decreased annual amount, they’ll take it.

  • http://www.google.com Dev

    im tired listening spurs fans unhappy with RJ”…really he has been here one year and everyone knows his potential…he is getting used to the system which takes time pretty much with any new spurs player…i believe he will be terrific next season..good thing if he signs back for lower contract $$ …dont count RJ yet..remember we got him from Nets for a reason and spurs front office is usually good at picks…go SPURS go

  • Mike

    We need a shooter from the wing spot! Even if he comes back at a cheaper prize, RJ is an awful fit. I don’t hate him, but he doesn’t bring enough.

    Either let him go and try for JJ, Korver, Morrow or even better Outlaw. Or use him an S&T for one of these guys.

  • Bryan

    Well, Yahoo is reporting rumors that RJ wants to head back to the NY/NJ area while the SA Express is reporting that he wants to resign with the Spurs. There are so many conflicting reports out there about every free agent, it’s almost not worth discussing.

    I’m ultimately conflicted here. With the size of deals that free agents are getting on the market right now, RJ is likely going to be the best that we can do. However, signing him for 4 or 5 more years makes me slighly nauseous.

  • Tyler

    @ Hobson13 and Jim H.

    Maybe I wasn’t clear – I really like Iggy’s game. Very good player and I would definitely like to see him in the silver and black. However, like I said, he’s overpaid. And with the new CBA, that’s a tough pill to swallow. I also question the fit as he isn’t a great 3pt shooter, and we saw how that hurt us against PHX.

  • Jim Henderson

    July 2nd, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Iggy’s not cheap, but his contract is comparable to Manu’s, and he’s 7 years younger. Different players, but BOTH are VERY valuable in what they do. And in today’s wacky NBA, where guys like the one-dimensional C. Frye are getting 30 mil. over 5 years, or the less than spectacular Rudy Gay gets a MAX deal, Iggy’s salary doesn’t look that bad to me.

  • http://www.48minutesofhell.com Lenneezz

    The Spurs 3 pt shooting needs to be addressed in a big way (pun intended). Without a Boner, the Spurs are really limp behind the arc. 2, count em 2, proven, respectable shooters.

    Hill and Manu

    Splitter, Blair, Dice, Duncan, Tony & Malik are not good from deep.

    RJ is hit and miss. He is a .348 career shooter but is not consistent. Some years much better, some much worse.

    Anderson and Gee have “potential”.

    Not enough shooting, not nearly enough.

  • http://www.48minutesofhell.com Lenneezz

    Just compare that to if the Spurs had

    Brandon Rush = 39.5%, 500 shots, 2 years in Nba
    Troy Murphy = 39.4%, 1450 shots, 8 years in Nba

    I’m just sayin…

  • Bushka

    Jim you make a good point.

    If i had to choose between Iggy and Rudy Gay right now i’d take Iggy in a heart beat.

    Defence and desire are not his issues, and we have all seen people improve their shot when they apply themselves.

    @Dev, we picked RJ up from the Bucks who picked him up from the Nets, and he has been trending down the past 2 years now. I was one of the jump for joy kids when we got him but obviously i’m an idiot.

  • Tyler

    @ Jim H.

    He might be younger, but Iggy’s deal is for more money and a year longer. Currently, there’s no doubt Manu is the better player, and if you gave me a choice for the next three years regardless of price, I’d choose Manu over Iggy.

  • Jim Henderson

    July 2nd, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    The contract’s a year longer for a player that is SEVEN years younger. And it would be close for me. I might choose Iggy for the next three years because the odds are he’ll be more durable, and give me a lot more minutes, and be similarly productive (only in different ways – they play different positions).

  • J

    If the spurs are going to trade Parker for a 3, then a sign-and-trade for LeBron is doable under the salary cap rules (LeBron’s max salary is between $16M and $17M and TP is just over $12M, so sign Bonner and include him or McDyess). The Spurs might as well get in line to talk to LeBron before they sign a 3.

  • Jim Henderson

    July 2nd, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    We can wait in line all night long. LeBron isn’t coming to San Antonio.

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