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Richard Jefferson to San Antonio: A Good Idea, Here's Why

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)
Brian PeoplisCorrespondent IJune 24, 2009

The Bucks were thrust into the national sports media spotlight today with reports of a trade with San Antonio involving Richard Jefferson. The rumors turned out to be true, and Jefferson was shipped to the Spurs for Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas and Amir Johnson.

As far as I'm concerned this trade neither helped nor hurt the Bucks.

Jefferson was set to make big money next season, and the Bucks were already at the salary cap threshold. So yeah, the move is largely financial, which is just slang for boring.

Bowen's contract is up at the end of next season, but I don't expect the Bucks to keep him around for long.

Forgive me, but I could have sworn that Kurt Thomas retired after last season. Oops on that one, welcome to Milwaukee, Kurt!

I know very little of Amir Johnson, but I do know that his upside is huge and that he's still a raw talent at best. 

Overall, the trade helps us for 2009-2010, but here's to hoping that next season produces a few more wins, not to mention some progress from younger players and upcoming draft picks.

R.J. was a good player, but keeping him around didn't actually increase the Bucks chances of going deep into the playoffs. He's certainly a durable player, and I believe his biggest reward to the Bucks was helping us shed dead weight like Bobby Simmons and Yi Jianlian to New Jersey

Hey, at least this frees up playing time for Joe Alexander.

Cool, I guess.

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