Posted February 07, 2013

Al Jefferson could be headed to the Spurs

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Al Jefferson could be headed to the Spurs. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Al Jefferson could be headed to the Spurs. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The Feb. 21 trade deadline is officially two weeks away and one player being floated around in NBA circles as being possibly on the move is Al Jefferson of the Utah Jazz.

A number of teams could use the power forward to make  a push in the playoffs, but the San Antonio Spurs are reportedly the leading candidate to land Jefferson should a trade happen before the deadline, according to former ESPN columnist and longtime NBA blogger Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com.

The San Antonio Spurs are the front-runners to land Al Jefferson in a trade with the Utah Jazz – and they are frontrunners like Secretariat was in the 1973 Belmont Stakes.

“Those teams are practically incestuous, they are on such good terms internally,” one NBA source told me Wednesday.

According to the report, the Spurs’ Tiago Splitter and Patty Mills are two players that could be sent to the Jazz in exchange for Jefferson, who is in the final year of his contract with Utah.

Sheridan added that he cannot confirm whether the Spurs and Jazz front offices have discussed the trade and that it’s merely a scenario of the Spurs being likely to land Jefferson based on his NBA sources.


6 comments
Dodgerguy R
Dodgerguy R

Not sure I would trade those two players and a likely first round pick for a 3 month rental. If the Spurs can do an extension, then I'd pull the trigger.

eddie577
eddie577

Jefferson gives you more than twice as many point, twice as many rebounds and it a much better player at the same age. Al J could put us in the NBA Finals. Hope it gets done.

Rocket Dog
Rocket Dog

This is terrible for the Spurs. If we lose Mills we won't care but if we lose Splitter things are going to really rest on Duncan's shoulders.

DifferentVSTheSame
DifferentVSTheSame

 @Rocket Dog How is this terrible? The Spurs aren't losing much if they trade Splitter. The guy is almost 7'ft tall and averages 5.8 rebounds a game in 23.3 minutes. He's only improved 2 rebounds since his first year. Mind you this is the starting Center for this team. He's not that good defensively or on free-throws. Splitter does some things well with the pick and roll and some of his post moves, but other than that he doesn't do much else. A guy like Al Jefferson would do more than Splitter, he's already showing that in Utah. For the right deal, this would be a good move for Spurs. 

blackeaglejay
blackeaglejay

 @DifferentVSTheSame  @Rocket Dog

 Also add that it would relieve Duncan not just certain duties but of more minutes this season. More of an offensive punch and some flexibility. Its actually a great move.