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Thursday, July 1st, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  26 responses

Richard Jefferson Opted Out of his Deal

Yes, this is an insane decision by RJ. But it may not be completely insane, so sayeth the Express-News: “Spurs fans who celebrated the news that Richard Jefferson opted out of the final year of his contract — and questioned his sanity for passing on the $15 million he is guaranteed to make next season — were as misguided as they assumed Jefferson to be. Unless it’s payday and you’re Peter Holt, there is no reason to feel good about the prospect of having Jefferson disappear from the Spurs roster, no matter how underwhelming his first season in silver and black may have been. The Spurs chairman won’t have to sign any more of those bloated paychecks with Jefferson’s name, but he is a basketball man at heart, so he knows this is true: From a basketball standpoint, losing Jefferson does not help his team. Should Jefferson sign with another team and leave the Spurs high and dry, the team’s payroll still will be at, or near, the league’s salary cap figure … Maybe what Jefferson really wants is a fresh start with the Spurs, one that won’t be burdened by the expectations that go with being paid more than every teammate not named Duncan. Maybe the Spurs will announce a new deal for Jefferson in another week that will pay him about $32 million over four seasons. Then Spurs fans, including Holt, can celebrate, loud and long.”

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  • http://RickyRude@hotmail.com RickyRude

    Crazy… can’t wait to see how this develops.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Wow. If the writer is correct, then good for them (Spurs), but if RJ is looking for a move somewhere where there’s less pressure and more nightlife, then I expect to see him in L.A. or New York, with the same deal (32 mil over 4 years). This is really going to be an interesting 8 days.

  • Randy Brown

    If he signs a much smaller deal and comes back, Pop has def been waterboarding him

  • http://www.oo.com.au Dacre

    hmmm… so a player that could not POSSIBLY be assured of big money else where (unless he KNOWS that 3 of the tops FA’s are all signing on the one NYK/MIA team and therefore there will be some $$$ in Clipperland or New Jersey…where he owns a home…surely…?) bails on big money…. I think, that HE THINKS that he is showing LBJ how it needs to be done.

  • http://www.slamonline.com MooButter

    Richard Jefferson: The least sought after free agent of 2010.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    He needs to also opt out of our lives. He’s a dud with J Kidd…

  • MikeC.

    RJ never wanted to leave Jersey. Maybe he’s on his way back to Soprano-land, salary be damned.

  • riggs

    you mean without j kidd right?

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    Early Christmas for the Spurs! With the extra $ Imagine The Spurs getting Bosh and re-creating the “twin towers”. C-Duncan, PF- Bosh, SF-Blair, PG-Parker, SG-Ginobili. That woulb be a deadly team.

  • TADOne

    Some players are making head scratching decisions.

  • riggs

    blair at SF? lolwut?

  • riggs

    steve holt!

  • MikeC.
  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    When this was first reported yesterday it seemed as if the dumb luck of the Spurs would strike again. Glad to know they are near the cap and afraid to go over it. Why did the Sonics have to be destroyed? Why not the Spurs?

  • http://www.slamonline.com MooButter

    haha, Blair the Small Forward. Are you on crack?

  • LA Huey

    Re-up at smaller annual salary but longer contract? I wish more players would restructure their contracts when they’re so obviously underwhelming. I’m skeptical about him coming back though.

  • ccantrell

    blair is not a small foward lol ha ha you guys get too carried away with some of this stuff

  • The Philosopher

    Must be expecting to make child support payments. LOL.

  • Jose

    If he did this to go back for less then good for him and SA

  • dsleepy

    this is actually bad for the spurs. they could’ve used his expiring contract + tony parker for a trade.

  • http://www.clownpenis.com Tarzan Cooper

    I hope he doesnt go back to sa. Rudy gay would be better. Rc will do something good. Who are all these douches suggsting trading tony? Gtfoh

  • matt

    The Clips would be wise to offer him some $$$.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Sorry, I meant without J Kidd

  • Mellisa Howie

    This guy had some good insights into Jefferson’s head:

    http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2010/07/richard-jefferson-opted-out-of-his-deal/

  • Will Lee

    jefferson retires

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