The biggest surprise on the eve of Free Agency 2010 was Richard Jefferson’s decision to opt out of the last year of his contract with the San Antonio Spurs.
The 30 year old was suppose to make $15 million in his final season with the Spurs, but Jefferson said no deal. Jefferson’s decision clearly indicates that he wants a long term deal and is willing to take a pay cut.
I’m not sure Jefferson realizes how big of a pay cut he will probably have to take.
The eight-year NBA veteran is coming off his worst season statistically since his rookie season. (9.4 PPG, 1.8 APG, 5.3 RPG)
For most of his career Jefferson has been able to remain healthy and has only missed one game in the last three seasons. But with that many games under his belt, NBA general managers have to wonder what Jefferson has left in the tank.
Jefferson will get picked up by someone, but he is going to have to take a huge pay cut. Let’s look at what Jefferson has to offer to his new team…