Richard Jefferson’s Second Chance in San Antonio Makes Sense

July 21st, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
Richard Jefferson and the San Antonio Spurs will dance again.

This time, he will take the floor with a fresh start in his sights. He will waltz and jive against a backdrop of lower, more accurate expectations.

Experience and a more palatable contract should alleviate the city-and organization-wide frustration caused by his 2009-2010 underachievement.

Maybe he wanted to avoid being a free agent during a lockout and opted out for the above reasons.

The San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday that Jefferson will sign a new long-term deal today. Mike Monroe's story did not include specific terms. Previous reports suggested three to five years and a price tag of $30 to $45 million.

The money doesn't matter much anymore, and that should make the athletic forward and Spurs fans rejoice.

Those who wanted Jefferson gone did not understand how his departure would have cursed the squad's championship chances more than his imagined despondency.

The Spurs' payroll far exceeded the salary cap and luxury tax threshold. Majority Owner Peter Holt forked up more than $80 million l ...

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