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Breaking News: Richard Jefferson Traded to San Antonio
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ESPN.com reports that the Spurs have acquired Richard Jefferson from the Milwaukee Bucks for Bruce Bowen, Fabricio Oberto, and Kurt Thomas.

Before today, there was no word of trade talks occurring between these two teams.  Earlier today, Chad Ford reported that Richard Jefferson had been offered to the Wizards for the fifth pick in Thursday's NBA draft, but there was no mention of San Antonio as a possible trade partner.

This move may come as a surprise, but both team's fans should welcome it. 

In Jefferson, San Antonio adds a proven wing scorer to play alongside Manu Ginobili.  Jefferson's versatility and athleticism will help rejuvenate the Spurs after a disappointing end to the '08-09 season.

Jefferson can defend multiple positions, shoot the three, slash to the basket, create shots for himself and his teammates, and rebound the basketball.  RJ's multiple dimensions make him fit on any NBA roster.

Since being eliminated in the first round, many believed the Spurs' dynasty was over.

Now, San Antonio will have the opportunity to bring him the franchise's fifth NBA championship.

On the other hand, the meaning of this deal for the Bucks is solely cap relief.  Bowen, Oberto, and Thomas's contracts all come off the book at the end of the '09-10 season, giving Milwaukee $11,700,00 to use in the much-awaited 2010 free agency.

This deal allows both teams to progress toward the NBA's ultimate goal.  The Bucks realize that a championship is not within their grasp, and they will need to be patient and develop younger players while the Spurs know it's now or never.

All in all, this trade definitely benefits both teams.

 

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