The San Antonio Spurs made a significant move on Tuesday, trading Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas and Fabricio Oberto to the Milwaukee Bucks for swingman Richard Jefferson.
This move was purely a financial move for the Bucks, who wanted to dump salary. Jefferson has two years and $29 million left on his current contract and Milwaukee is close to exceeding the luxury tax max. They also have two restricted free agents to sign in Charlie Villanueva and Ramon Sessions, so they could use the extra money for one of them next year.
For the Spurs, Jefferson gives them an opportunity to possibly win another championship while Tim Duncan is still a marquee player. Jefferson will join a starting five that also includes Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. If they can all stay healthy, San Antonio should be right back in title contention next season.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sports Interaction have made the Spurs 15/1 long shots to win the 2010 NBA Championship. With the addition of Jefferson, the Spurs’ odds may never be better than right now.
Posted: 6/23/09 9:37PM ET