Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 at 1:45 pm  |  25 responses

Report: Spurs to Use Amnesty Clause on Richard Jefferson

According to Yahoo! Sports, the doomed marriage between Richard Jefferson and the San Antonio Spurs has come to an end, via the amnesty clause: “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.”

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  • gubbins

    Play Leonard instead. He looks good.

  • BlackStar

    Not mad at that at all. Always thought he was overrated …

  • FranciscoG1

    I knew they were going to do it (everyone did). I just really dont want the Spurs to waive this old-overpaid SF/3 and sign another Caron Butler, Battier, or J. Howard to MULTI-YEAR deals. If we can make a 1-2 year deal with one of those guys, just to see how they fit, (and see how good Leonard is going to be) it would be perfect. Also I liked the idea of saving Jefferson and using the amnesty clause next year, after Duncan’s contract ends to try and make an offer to Howard or CP3, no matter how unlikely it is. Either way, its good the our Spurs are making moves, to move up! GO SPURS GO!

  • #6marjons

    he had some great moments but not enough good ones co-sign francisco on the smaller deals there’s no need to get a longterm deal when duncan may very well retire at the end of the year.

  • http://www.kittywildeonline.com/ RunNGun

    To the Knicks, RJ, to the Knicks… make it happen, WAlsh!

  • Zabbah

    He was bringing them down.

  • LA Huey

    Battier would be perfect there. He’s just a less irritating version of Bowen.

  • http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine nbk

    Walsh a Knicks consultant. He stepped down as president and gm, because Dolan wasn’t letting him do his job. (He forced the Melo trade on him)

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    RJ with a one year contract to the Mavs.
    I think he would like it to play with Kidd again.

  • ClydeSays

    Like KMart before him, RJ wasn’t the player JKidd made him out to be. A rare, expensive mistake by the Spurs…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Since he’s still getting paid, it’s really not a bad deal for him. If he wasn’t getting paid it would be different.

  • http://www.myspace.com/mikebone Simmy Sosa

    The Spurs brought Jefferson in after he lead the Bucks in scoring with 20 PPG. He is not a bad player, just not a good fit for our system. I seriously doubt the Spurs will sign any of the players mentioned to a long term deal. My guess is they go with an inexpensive veteran to fill the void like they usually do. James Jones, Anthony Parker, and Shane Battier are the type of guys they’ll target.

  • Danny_W_UK

    I really like the look of Leonard, I’m a Kings fan, and was hoping we’d take him.

    I was wondering if someone could clear this up for me:
    RJ has $30m over 3 years due.
    Does he have any say over which team picks up his contract? What I mean is, RJ wants to go to say, Lakers, who will take on half ($15m) of the $30m. However, say, Atlanta wants RJ, and will pay Spurs, $20m over 3 years for him. Does RJ have any say in it at all? Or is he just ‘traded’ for want of a better word.

    Also, and I assume it is this way, if someone picked up a player on Amnesty, are they forced to take the whole duration, or could someone pick up RJ for only the next 2 years.

    Many thanks

  • BBaller

    Signing RJ was one of the Spurs mistakes( which their Front Office rarely makes)but stil not as bad a trading Rodman for Will Purdue.C’mon Spurs we have the window closing fast so make a move for Battier, Howard or what we really should do is go after G.Wallace from Portland. Plus more SIZE to help Duncan!

  • http://www.facebook.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    I can def see Battier on the Spurs.

  • Ron

    I’m a supporter of Spurs, but somehow this team just could not figure out the integration of new/athletic talents into the system. The amnesty clause seems wise for both the team and RJ.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Danny and amnesty means the team is paying off the rest of the players contract (including player-option years) to not be on the team and to not count against the cap. After they are amnestied teams literally bid for their services.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^yes, but don’t teams that r under the cap have an advantage when bidding, making it harder for the lakers fore example to pick him up

  • Will Lee

    RJ walks to the bank and smiled. Then join a contender and live rich.

  • Thanatos

    from what i understand about the new CBA, only teams under the cap are allowed to bid for the services of amnestied players. The team that bids the most gets the player, he doesn’t have a say in that. The old team pays the remainder of the player’s salary.

  • Thanatos

    If the team that bids for an amnestied player is required to pic up the player for the entire duration of his old contract…that i don’t know and i haven’t heard anything about it.
    Anyway, let’s not forget that the new CBA is not officially signed yet.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    They are a free agent at that point @SHF, if they are worth more than the mid-level only teams under the cap can afford them, just like normal free agency.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    You people don’t get it. An amnesty is a full contract buy-out. There is no remainder for other teams to pay. It is very very simple. A player is amnestied, teams under the cap get a small window to do “bidding” on the player if they want him, so they have the advantage of getting “first dibs” but after that period if not signed a player becomes a literal free-agent and is free to sign wherever they want. The “bidding” is just another way to say teams under the cap are going to compete for their services, just like free agency – they just are obviously not eligible for the other loopholes, like sign-and-trades for example.

  • Danny_W_UK

    I think I get it, so it’s just like the Buy Out we’ve always had, but the value of his contract is wiped from the books, to allow for more freedom to move on.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    They have enough faith in Kawhi Leonard, it seems. The Spurs desperately need a big to ease some of the load off Timmy’s shoulders, though.