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Big Quett
06-30-2010, 07:41 PM
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Spurs swingman Richard Jefferson has opted out of the final year of his contract and will become a free agent.

Spurs spokesman Tom James said the nine-year veteran informed the team Thursday. Jefferson was due to make about $15 million next year after underachieving in his first season in San Antonio.

Jefferson averaged 12.3 points last season, his lowest since his rookie year. He struggled to adapt to coach Gregg Popovich's system, at one point losing his job in the starting lineup.

The Spurs traded for Jefferson and his hefty contract last summer in a deal with Milwaukee.


Source: NBA.com (http://www.nba.com/2010/news/06/30/spurs.jefferson.ap/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt2)
WOW!!!!!! Cant really see his thinking on this.

29$JerZ
06-30-2010, 07:42 PM
RJ or his agent are morons.

king4day
06-30-2010, 07:43 PM
I wonder if he talked with Lebron. Maybe he'll go to NY or back to NJ to be their shooting guard with Bron and Bosh?

Kakaroach
06-30-2010, 07:43 PM
Wow, whoever told him to do that is insane. And he for doing it is even more insane.

tdunk21
06-30-2010, 07:43 PM
wow RJ...stupid move.....

Big Quett
06-30-2010, 07:44 PM
RJ or his agent are morons.

Agreed. after last year its hard to imagine him making 15 mil for the rest of his career

cubulls
06-30-2010, 07:46 PM
Not really that bad of a move. He sucked in SA so he needs a change and when some teams strike out in free agency they will throw money at him.

*Superman*
06-30-2010, 07:46 PM
Winning > Money. I like that from a player.

jimbobjarree
06-30-2010, 07:47 PM
if he joins up with one of these free agent super teams and wins a championship there would be method to his madness. Stupid move if he just re-signs for less but longer.

Melo15
06-30-2010, 07:47 PM
Who know maybe he has a different team he'd like to play for. He never really looked comfortable on the Spurs.

Trouble87
06-30-2010, 07:47 PM
maybe RJ's been saving his money and is willing to take less to play somewhere he'd be more happy

can't wait to hear a reason why he decided to do this

MagicBucsSox
06-30-2010, 07:48 PM
lol what an idiot, he's not getting paid on the market, but i respect him for this move. not staying in a situation just for the cash

_KB24_
06-30-2010, 07:49 PM
This can't be true..............please tell me this is not true......

Stunner
06-30-2010, 07:49 PM
Lmao the title is funny as hell!

Jays Claw
06-30-2010, 07:50 PM
He could have just requested a trade.

Stunner
06-30-2010, 07:51 PM
Dallas maybe with J-KIDD or the Lakers?

dtmagnet
06-30-2010, 07:53 PM
Well he's guaranteed at least MLE from someone maybe even more, risky move to say the least.

Big Quett
06-30-2010, 07:53 PM
Dallas maybe with J-KIDD or the Lakers?

How does he really help either one of them?

KB24PG16
06-30-2010, 07:53 PM
dumb he wont get that money neither will paul pierce i guess he wants to win

koreancabbage
06-30-2010, 07:54 PM
he'll get his money when everyone else fails at the big 7 free agents of Bosh, Lebron, Wade, Nowitzki, Boozer and Stoudemire.

Stunner
06-30-2010, 07:54 PM
How does he really help either one of them?

Kidd
Butler
RJ
Dirk?
?

bench
Marion
RB

Fisher
Kobe
Artest
Gasol
Bynum

Odom
RJ

Lakers need bench scoring help and who else to get a ring than with Kobe. Mavs ....... Could want to play with Kidd again and gives them another scoring option.

_KB24_
06-30-2010, 07:55 PM
Who the hell leaves 15 million off the table!?????? I hope his *** goes broke and he looks back 10 years from now and say "WTF was I thinking?"........:facepalm:

zambo4president
06-30-2010, 07:57 PM
Maybe he doesn't wanna play in San Antonio and feels he would have a better chance winning else where. He's made money in his career but he hasn't won, Ring over money. It's not like he wouldn't still get a good sized contract either, it just won't be on that level. I've always been a big RJ fan I'd like to see him win

Kakaroach
06-30-2010, 07:59 PM
Not really that bad of a move. He sucked in SA so he needs a change and when some teams strike out in free agency they will throw money at him. Most he'll make though is MLE type money, nowhere near 15mill. Sure he might get a long-term deal so he doesn't have to deal with the new CBA but still, questionable decision.

97NYer
06-30-2010, 07:59 PM
I can see him ending up in Washington.

Stunner
06-30-2010, 08:00 PM
I can see him ending up in Washington.

Doubt it they have Howard and AL T there.

KB24PG16
06-30-2010, 08:02 PM
on nba tv they were saying he might have done it so that he was a contract before the nba lockout happens so he'll have like 25mil over 3yrs rather than 15 mil in one year. good idea if there is a nba lockout

Young2Kinsler
06-30-2010, 08:02 PM
Dallas has no need for him, but KB24, your outlook is what makes some NBA players worthless. They are already unreal rich, why can't some one do something that makes them more happy? Money isn't everything, especially when you already have tons.

sixerfixer
06-30-2010, 08:03 PM
MOST will be 7 million a year for four years. He could have signed for that after next season when he gets his 15 + million. He is either a Idiot. Or he really think that the new CBA is really going to restrict teams, or eliminate the MLE.

29$JerZ
06-30-2010, 08:03 PM
The only 2 logical reasons for this are

He wants to sign a long term deal that will basically negate the 15 mil he loses here

He wants to become a ring chaser

beasted86
06-30-2010, 08:03 PM
Some of these agents must be really scared of a lockout.

BkOriginalOne
06-30-2010, 08:05 PM
Not really stupid. Those who say it's stupid than you are thinking strictly from a money sense. It's not like he was overpaid on the defending champs who didn't want to resign him.
Now, he can go sign with a new team, somewhere where he would fit it a lot better as 6th man or a finisher.
Look for the Suns, Mavericks, Knicks, Blazers, Celtics, Wolves, Kings, Grizzlies and Wizards to show interest.

Kakaroach
06-30-2010, 08:06 PM
Some of these agents must be really scared of a lockout. Haha yeah, thats what it sure looks like.

Anyway, I don't think the Spurs will be bringing him back.

arkanian215
06-30-2010, 08:07 PM
Shocking!

If RJ can find an up tempo team to go to, his best assets will show. It kinda makes sense since right now the demand for talent is greater than the supply. He'll find some long term financial security with this move hopefully.

Melo15
06-30-2010, 08:12 PM
He wouldn't be a bad pickup for a team like the Suns.

LA_Raiders
06-30-2010, 08:17 PM
wow, good luck making more that that

_KB24_
06-30-2010, 08:17 PM
Dallas has no need for him, but KB24, your outlook is what makes some NBA players worthless. They are already unreal rich, why can't some one do something that makes them more happy? Money isn't everything, especially when you already have tons.

After hearing from guys like Pippen and Walker who have made loads of money throughout their career and have them in danger of being bankrupt and having financial difficulties, it is extremely stupid to leave 15 million of guaranteed money off the table. Especially for a role player like Jefferson who isn't a real hot commodity in the market after a below the par season which saw his value drop dramatically. He just went from making a shitload of money on a team that can still contend to making significant less money elsewhere.

VinceCarter
06-30-2010, 08:21 PM
Breaking @Spurs News: Richard Jefferson has just opted out of the final year of his contract .. would have guaranteed him $15.2 Mill


http://twitter.com/ksatnews/status/17448519508


WOW!!!!!! Cant really see his thinking on this.


RJ or his agent are morons.

I disagree. He is showing it is not all about the money. RJ wants to win a championship and San Antonio is not giving him one in the next couple of years.

NYKnickFanatic
06-30-2010, 08:23 PM
After hearing from guys like Pippen and Walker who have made loads of money throughout their career and have them in danger of being bankrupt and having financial difficulties, it is extremely stupid to leave 15 million of guaranteed money off the table. Especially for a role player like Jefferson who isn't a real hot commodity in the market after a below the par season which saw his value drop dramatically. He just went from making a shitload of money on a team that can still contend to making significant less money elsewhere.

You mean ON the table?

29$JerZ
06-30-2010, 08:24 PM
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I disagree. He is showing it is not all about the money. RJ wants to win a championship and San Antonio is not giving him one in the next couple of years.

If a lock out is eminent a long term deal is a smart business decision, until then however its a stupid move. The market for him is minimal, he won't be given offers until all the big names go and the 2nd tier players.

It could be that he wants to win now and will be a ring chaser but to leave 15 million off the table when a lockout is very possible is dumb until he signs a deal.

VinceCarter
06-30-2010, 08:24 PM
After hearing from guys like Pippen and Walker who have made loads of money throughout their career and have them in danger of being bankrupt and having financial difficulties, it is extremely stupid to leave 15 million of guaranteed money off the table. Especially for a role player like Jefferson who isn't a real hot commodity in the market after a below the par season which saw his value drop dramatically. He just went from making a shitload of money on a team that can still contend to making significant less money elsewhere.

Oh come on dude just because some athletes are morons when it comes to money management doesn't mean they all are.

Maybe RJ can handle his money just fine and he is looking for a better opportunity at this point.

VinceCarter
06-30-2010, 08:29 PM
If a lock out is eminent a long term deal is a smart business decision, until then however its a stupid move. The market for him is minimal, he won't be given offers until all the big names go and the 2nd tier players.

It could be that he wants to win now and will be a ring chaser but to leave 15 million off the table when a lockout is very possible is dumb until he signs a deal.

Obviously this is not about money!!! If he wanted money he would stay with SA.

I love how all of you are pounding this guy for not being greedy! :pity:

And you can't call him stupid either because he is looking for a better opportunity.

Kidd>>>K-Mart
06-30-2010, 08:30 PM
he wants to win!

kblo247
06-30-2010, 08:33 PM
RJ is going to try and play with his bff Luke Walton :laugh2:

JDizzle
06-30-2010, 08:34 PM
lebron will begin to recruit him

Lakers_ftw
06-30-2010, 08:35 PM
He's made his money. He knows the window of winning a championship has closed for San Antonio. Maybe his best buddy Luke Walton convinced him to join the Lakers for MLE...

Big Quett
06-30-2010, 08:36 PM
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Obviously this is not about money!!! If he wanted money he would stay with SA.

I love how all of you are pounding this guy for not being greedy! :pity:

And you can't call him stupid either because he is looking for a better opportunity.

I think most people say its dumb is because he had a terrible year. If he was coming off a career year or atleast an average year that he used to have it would have look better. He had quite possibly the worst year of his career since his rookie season. That is what makes this a questionable move to say the least. But after looking out of place and having a sub par year this move just doesnt look good.

magichatnumber9
06-30-2010, 08:37 PM
I am also positive that Richard Jefferson didn't like how San Antonio exposed his very low basketball IQ, just by running there usual offense and defense.

HouRealCoach
06-30-2010, 08:38 PM
How does everyone think this is stupid??? He might want to win... DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

VinceCarter
06-30-2010, 08:40 PM
I think he should go to the Mavs and pair up with JKidd. He played well with him and Dallas is a relevant team unlike San Antonio which is losing relevance.

kblo247
06-30-2010, 08:40 PM
How does everyone think this is stupid??? He might want to win... DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't think anyone is saying he doesn't. I think they are questioning his logic as he won't get that type of money or maybe even a starting role again after that season he has with the Spurs.

sunnydayin'zona
06-30-2010, 08:41 PM
he can get a new contract before the new cba. just like PP

sugarrayray
06-30-2010, 08:49 PM
I really like this move. Great guy obviously. He wasn't fitting in at all in San Antonio. He's showing he's one of the few guys in sports that doesn't just care about money. He's already made tens of millions of dollars. He'd probably rather be on a team he thinks he might fit in on than just be collecting some bloated paycheck and being greedy.

I don't think its stupid at all. It's just not greedy, and that's what everybody's used to with professional athletes.

Way to go Richard. More power to ya.

topdog
06-30-2010, 08:56 PM
Depending on his exact motives, I can respect that. Not a player just looking to get paid, but to play. As for asking for a trade, he's been with 3 teams in 3 years, it's about time he picks somewhere he can unpack.

JJNation21
06-30-2010, 08:56 PM
I dont think it was dumb at all, he is good enough to get a multi year deal and with the possible lockout and all the rumors about how the pay scale is guna change and what not he now has to the chance to join a contending team on a multi year contract....someone said it earlier better to make 25 mill over 3 years then 15 over 1..

Allstar21
06-30-2010, 08:58 PM
bad move by RJ
so a logical contract for him right now would be 3 years 25 mil....and thats something i wouldnt do but lets say someone with extra $$$ gives him that

This year he could of got 15mil

Is he thinking in the new CBA he won't be able to get 3 years 11 mil next year? i don't understand this at all unless he truly just wants to be a ring chaser....although the spurs will prolly be just as good as any other team that would take him

nanablvd
06-30-2010, 09:01 PM
Understandable. More teams have substantial cap room this year than next year. His market this year should be better than his market next year being a year older. He also figures he's not likely gonna up his value next season playing under a system as structural as the Spurs; Pop is not trusting him that much either. The new CBA is also another uncertainty that he and his agent may be concerned about. I guess he'd rather look for $32million for 4 years (similar to what Shawn Marion got last year) instead of earning $15million this year and another 3 years of uncertain CBA and expected less cap rooms next summer. He will also get a chance to play somewhere else too.

Suns4ever67
06-30-2010, 09:03 PM
He's worth $6-8 million, tops. He's either a moron or he doesn't care about the money. After struggling with the Spurs last season, this was probably a good move if he lands with another good team.

Giantwarrior
06-30-2010, 09:07 PM
DUMB.... he had a horrible year. he's not getting anything more then 7-8mil a year.

Mplsman
06-30-2010, 09:23 PM
See ya on a contender.

R cool J
06-30-2010, 09:26 PM
Why would you do this RJ???? Man he must really dislike playing for the Pop!!!!

VinceCarter
06-30-2010, 09:32 PM
Wow let's hate on the classy guy who favors winning over money.....

Why are you guys looking at the money side and not what's best for RJ?

Oefarmy2005
06-30-2010, 09:34 PM
I am going to say he doesn't get a contract more than 7 million per year.

Reyes6
06-30-2010, 09:35 PM
RJ BACK TO THE NETS.

I'm callin it now.

Allstar21
06-30-2010, 09:35 PM
someone needs to start the Where will RJ go in FA thread

mia305king
06-30-2010, 09:37 PM
Fail :facepalm:

shep33
06-30-2010, 09:37 PM
Why? I mean it could be a very noble move if he just wants to win. But man that's a lot of money to leave on the table.

Bigbadmoffo
06-30-2010, 09:43 PM
Who the hell leaves 15 million off the table!?????? I hope his *** goes broke and he looks back 10 years from now and say "WTF was I thinking?"........:facepalm:

Lol, you're just mad the Spurs dodged a bullet.

MikefromMars
06-30-2010, 09:45 PM
I understand why he would do it.

He doesn't fit into the system and he was brought in to play defense and he just isn't as quick as he used to be. He needs to play for a team that runs more. However, San Antonio is not chop liver! They can still contend...

Here is another question... What does this mean for San Antonio?

This defn clears the way for a sign and trade and gives the Spurs flexibility.

VinceCarter
06-30-2010, 09:45 PM
Fail :facepalm:

Your comment is a fail :facepalm:

Catfish1314
06-30-2010, 09:47 PM
I don't understand this move. Pierce I understood because he could take a big step back next year and be worth a lot less next summer than he will be this summer.

That's not the case for RJ. He already took a big step back and based on what he did last season, I wouldn't pay him more than the MLE now. But for a team needing a SF like the Clippers, they would probably give him that kind of money if they can't get someone better.

cmellofan15
06-30-2010, 09:47 PM
he should go to the Jazz or Bucks, that would be sick.

Hype
06-30-2010, 09:54 PM
WOWOWOW. And go ahead and take the T Wolves off that list - he choked a dude in a bar in Minneapolis and I'm not sure if it's settled. Guessing he probably has a bad attitude towards the Wolves unfortunately.

still1ballin
06-30-2010, 09:57 PM
Your comment is a fail :facepalm:

Your username is a fail:facepalm:

bal_ravens
06-30-2010, 09:58 PM
People can bash him, but this just shows the dude has class. He is a good talent, and just didnt fit in with the Spurs. I dont root for the Spurs, but its good to see that he was willing to give up money so he can change the situation he is in. And its not like he is giving up money to get off a crappy team. Its a great team that he just didnt fit into. Most players would just stop hustling and collect their checks.

MikefromMars
06-30-2010, 10:00 PM
I do respect his decision and I do think this is a matter of him choosing his destination rather than being dumped on a non-contender at the Trade deadline

PLAYERS FAN
06-30-2010, 10:00 PM
This move by RJ hurt the Spurs.

kikeyanez
06-30-2010, 10:02 PM
RJ or his agent are morons.

what a idiot

The ChILL
06-30-2010, 10:04 PM
This move by RJ hurt the Spurs.

Yeah that would have been a huge expiring at the deadline.

LTBaByyy
06-30-2010, 10:32 PM
Doubt it they have Howard and AL T there.

Howard is gone man, It was a team option for this year and they let him go, he's a FA too

ILoveL.A2416
06-30-2010, 10:34 PM
Is RJ hanging out with Josh Howard?:eyebrow:

nobreed504
06-30-2010, 10:47 PM
Wow!!! Someone who really cares about a ring over money, thats new.

blah-blah
06-30-2010, 11:03 PM
lol whats he gona get now the MLE?

tdunk21
07-01-2010, 12:13 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Aije5AsvnhNeyZEso0XYzL68vLYF?slug=ys-freeagentbuzz063010


Richard Jefferson’s decision to opt out of the final $15 million season of his contract might not be a sign he’s willing to leave the San Antonio Spurs.

Sources said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has been personally working out Jefferson in San Antonio. The free-agent forward could re-sign with the team at a number that lowers the franchise’s luxury-tax hit while guaranteeing him more money on the back end of a multiyear contract.

– Adrian Wojnarowski, June 30, 10:30 ET

redsox0717
07-01-2010, 12:22 AM
I can't even begin to describe how ******** this move was by RJ and his agent.

FaM0us Skins
07-01-2010, 12:24 AM
i was hoping he wouldn't opt out

Kakaroach
07-01-2010, 12:25 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Aije5AsvnhNeyZEso0XYzL68vLYF?slug=ys-freeagentbuzz063010 Thats a little surprising, I would imagine the Spurs would not want to re-sign him.

FaM0us Skins
07-01-2010, 12:28 AM
I guess he doesn't fit in with us. He is used to up-tempo offense :(

The ChILL
07-01-2010, 12:29 AM
Thats a little surprising, I would imagine the Spurs would not want to re-sign him.

Yeah come trade for Deng, Taj Gibson and a future 1st and get a lot younger in the process.

BranWingss
07-01-2010, 12:30 AM
Another max. Maybe he'll join the dream team.

Ragun
07-01-2010, 12:30 AM
Winning > Money. I like that from a player.

:nod:

it just shows you that he cares more about winning than money.

gotta love that if you are a GM.

Devils05
07-01-2010, 12:43 AM
From Bill Simmon's twitter:
Stephen A. Smith reports that Richard Jefferson just walked away from an orgy with the Laker Girls.

Mplsman
07-01-2010, 12:45 AM
RJ will definetly take a pay cut to win a ring.

homestarunner93
07-01-2010, 02:45 AM
I don't know that its about winning a championship as much as it is securing a long term deal. He might not make 15 million this year, but I don't see why he couldn't make something like 8 million, and get long term security. Not everyone is going to be a winner in FA, and some team will be willing to overpay for a player of RJ's caliber. I still think RJ is more than capable of being a #2 option on a playoff team, he was just buried in San Antonio behind guys like Manu and Duncan who are going to need their touches. He's only one year removed from a 19.7 PPG average.

bredsox33
07-01-2010, 02:51 AM
This was such a stunner. He'll be lucky to get $15 million over 3 years.....

Cracka2HI!
07-01-2010, 02:55 AM
I think he see's that Clipper cap space.

Joshtd1
07-01-2010, 05:25 AM
Dont feel like reading through the whole thing, so I dont know if anyone said it.

Im willing to bet RJ re-signs with us for a couple more years and less money.

TheWatcher34
07-01-2010, 06:02 AM
if Ray and Pierce took less money, the C's could sign him. that would be a perfect fit!

SouljahPhil...
07-01-2010, 07:03 AM
wow...stupid move..so much money left..

He could not earn that in 2 yrs with his new contract..

FarOutIos
07-01-2010, 08:02 PM
Seeing as how Gay and Johnson have now agreed to resign, does Jefferson seem a little smarter now?

Other than Lebron, what other SG/SF is available?

Most of the big name FA's are big men: Bosh, Amare, Boozer, Dirk, David Lee.

The next big name would have to be Paul Pierce, but I think he is staying as well.

So the teams that could use Richard Jefferson are now NJ, NY, Miami, Clippers and maybe the Bulls and Mavericks.

Could be a better pay day than we expect.

evadatam5150
07-01-2010, 08:35 PM
Source: NBA.com (http://www.nba.com/2010/news/06/30/spurs.jefferson.ap/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt2)
WOW!!!!!! Cant really see his thinking on this.

LOL.. That's funny.. The big piece (?) that was supposed to bring a Championship back to San Antonio is bailing out.. Never understood how he was going to push them over the top in the first place.. Not such a bad thing for San Antonio really.. They seriously need to get younger..

numba1CHANGsta
07-01-2010, 09:32 PM
What is Jefferson good at anymore?

The Raven
07-02-2010, 04:53 AM
wow. Bad move. He just losta big pay check there but, if he can somehow get a team to commit to him for a multi yr contract, then it wouldnt be so terrible. I can see a team like the clippers doing something like that

FarOutIos
07-02-2010, 05:13 AM
I think that Gay and Johnson resigning will drive up the price on Jefferson. If Paul Pierce and D-Wade also resign, there will be a short list of talent available at SG/SF.

If Josh Childress is being rumored in the 7-8 million range, I can see Jefferson getting up to 10 million per at least.

kurivaimu
07-02-2010, 05:56 AM
Why is he a moron??
He was probably thinking of the potential lockout ahead so he could get a multiyear contract.
If he hadnt opt out then he'd be stuck in San Antonio for another year and struggle again. After two bad seasons who would give him a decent contract then???

Reddd
07-02-2010, 06:46 AM
Winning > Money. I like that from a player.

Financially it's a dumb move, but I like it, shows that money isn't more important than the game itself to him. He's already a millionaire, and he could stay one for the rest of his life if he knows what to do with his money, but you are only young once, so let's hope he'll get something good player-wise.

JOSKOMANG4
07-04-2010, 06:47 PM
He'll get a nice contract; probably not 15 mill a season type deal; maybe 10-12 mill per.

Destinations:

Clippers, Nets, Knicks

MaHaRaJaH
07-04-2010, 09:48 PM
Winning > Money. I like that from a player.

that's what it looks like

VinceCarter
07-04-2010, 10:10 PM
I heard he is trying to re-sign with the Spurs.

He supposedly opted out to
1) Save the Spurs some money :clap: great team player move! (not a Spurs fan)
2) get a contract of 4+ years worth about $10 million (per year).....he wants more years and is sacrificing money for it

tr3ymill3r
07-04-2010, 10:25 PM
Anyone who opts out is smart based on the CBA. Unless he was set to make $100 million it's smart to opt out now and get a longer term deal in order to make more money in the long run rather than just for one year.