With the trade deadline looming on Feb. 21, ’tis the season for rumors.
The latest, courtesy of veteran scribe Chris Sheridan, pegs none other than your San Antonio Spurs as massive frontrunners to land Utah center Al Jefferson.
Sheridan doesn’t cite direct sources with either franchise, but says the chatter is consistent among his formidable network of contacts. He goes on to speculate that the Spurs would send a package including Tiago Splitter, Patty Mills and Stephen Jackson’s Expiring Contract to Utah in exchange for Jefferson, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
It would certainly make sense that the Spurs have discussed such a deal makes sense considering Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey worked next to Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford before heading to Salt Lake City. But the Spurs keep their operations on such tight lockdown that the mere fact that this is being talked about minimizes the chances of it ever happening.
It makes even less sense when you examine several other factors:
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