Report: Spurs to amnesty Jefferson

December, 7, 2011
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Via ESPN Dallas.com's Jeff Caplan:

Yahoo! Sports reported that the Spurs will use the one-time amnesty clause written into the new collective bargaining agreement to jettison small forward Richard Jefferson, who is due to earn $9.2 million this season and $30 million over the next three.

Caplan's news story was on Caron Butler, another Nets free agent target, meeting with the Spurs. Butler has four options, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard, and one of them is signing with New Jersey for $7 million per season.

If the Nets aren't able to land Butler, perhaps a reunion with Jefferson could make sense for both parties. The Nets are obviously in need of an upgrade at the small forward position, and Jefferson, who finished fifth in the NBA in 3-point accuracy last season (44 percent), would be a solid addition.

The 31-year-old played for New Jersey from 2001-08. The price would obviously have to be right for the Nets to justify bringing him back. It's merely speculation at this point, but it's something worth thinking about.

Mike Mazzeo

ESPN New York Writer

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