The Spurs have finally realized that a big trade had to be made. Richard Jefferson is first legit All-Star talent the franchise has acquired, while still in his prime, in the Greg Popovich era. Over the past few years, they’ve only opted to add aging or role players to their roster. Michael Finley and the recently traded Kurt Thomas top that list.
Despite their weak bench, the Spurs still has one of the most dominate trios in Duncan, Parker and Ginobli, but their is a massive drop off in talent after these 3 All-Stars. Two years removed from a title, the Spurs 1st round loss to the Mavericks in the 2009 playoffs (4-1) confirmed that major changes needed to be made.
Therefore, Thomas, Bowen and Oberto, all over 34-years-old, were sent packing. All 3 of their contracts will expire at the end of the 2010 season. This trade indicates that the Spurs are ready to win now and that the Bucks are officially in rebuilding mode.
Jefferson can give you 20 a night, he’s athletic and shot a career high 39.7 percent from the 3-pt line last season. He’s versatile on both ends of the court and will benefit from playing against single coverage, the double teams are reserved for Duncan and Parker. The high-flying Jefferson will add a much needed element to Spurs basketball, unpredictability.