Let's Make a Deal: Richard Jefferson to San Antonio Spurs

Seth HengContributor IJune 23, 2009

MILWAUKEE - FEBRUARY 09:  Richard Jefferson #24 of the Milwaukee Bucks brings the ball upcourt against the Houston Rockets on February 9, 2009 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Bucks defeated the Rockets 124-112. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agreees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Two days before the NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks kicked off the NBA offseason with a four-player deal that sent Richard Jefferson to San Antonio and Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas, and Fabricio Oberto to Milwaukee.


How Does This Trade Benefit the Spurs?

Jefferson, 29, will bring an explosive style of play to the Spurs' starting five. For the past couple seasons, the Spurs were one of the oldest teams in the league, so this move will bring some fresh legs, athleticism, additional scoring, and an experienced player. Look for the Spurs to add some frontcourt help this offseason. Tim Duncan needs it.


How Does This Trade Benefit the Bucks?

Clearly, this was a salary cap move for the Bucks. All three players they acquired are in the last year of their contracts. This will help them clear some cap room for possibly signing a big name in the 2010 free-agency market. Although they gave up a great scorer in Jefferson, Bowen and Thomas will add veteran leadership, and Oberto will bring another big body.