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Jefferson trade puts Spurs in title hunt

Sending Richard Jefferson to San Antonio all about the money for the Milwaukee Bucks

Updated: June 25, 2009, 4:40 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

The first rule of NBA trades is "Follow the money." It's the only way to make sense of a seemingly lopsided deal, such as today's swap that reportedly sent Richard Jefferson to the Spurs for Kurt Thomas, Fabricio Oberto and Bruce Bowen, pending league approval.

For starters, understand that the Bucks painted themselves into a dark, ugly corner last season by trading for Jefferson and Luke Ridnour right as the economy was going into the tank. Those deals added more than $20 million ...

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