Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 1:35 p.m. EST
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Spurs will cut ties with Jefferson.
So, what will they do with the money cleared from their salary cap? Well, according to Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk, Caron Butler is a viable option.
This is one that I can't make a ton of sense of. For the sake of Spurs fans, I hope that this is just baseless speculation.
Lets take a look at the tale of the tape:
|Richard Jefferson||Caron Butler|
That would seem to benefit Butler, but those statistics are a little misleading. Playing on a low-scoring team in San Antonio, Jefferson hasn't been forced to be a huge part of the offense. The same can't be said about Butler. When he's been on the court, he's been a top option on his team.
That's going to bolster his numbers a little bit, isn't it?
Butler has had serious issues staying on the court throughout his career. In the 2005-06 season, he played 75 games for the Wizards. Since then, he's only played more than 70 games in a season once.
In that same period of time, Jefferson has only failed to play that many games once. In all other seasons, he's played in at least 81 games.
When you're talking about a player in his early 30's, a consistent inability to stay on the court is a real concern. It's also worth noting that Butler played in only 29 games last year.
That's what makes his rumored (according to Helin) amount of suitors so ridiculous. Are the Spurs really using their amnesty on Jefferson so the can clear up room to go after Butler.
That's just not that much of an upgrade, if any upgrade at all.
The Spurs would be better off keeping Richardson or clearing cap space to use their money elsewhere.
The list of teams vying for Butler's services is already far too great. The Spurs don't need to make that list any bigger.