HoopsHype Richard Jefferson rumors

October 10, 2012 Updates
September 21, 2012 Updates

Do you have a sense about how this team is going to play? Andrew Bogut: It’s hard right now. But obviously we’re going to be a scoring team. We have some flat-out scorers on our team–Steph and Klay and Harrison Barnes is a scorer, too. He can be very aggressive. David Lee and myself. The list goes on. Richard Jefferson as well. I think our focus isn’t going to be offense so much in training camp. That’s what we’re focused on in these drills we’re doing in the preseason, there’s a lot of defensive focus. That’s been a weakness here not just last season but for a number of years–the defense wasn’t a priority. So we’re trying to change that. We know you’re not going to win many games and even if you do, you’re not going to win many playoff series scoring 110 points a game. That’s just not going to happen. The math and the numbers and the stats say if you can grind down teams, keep them under 100, generally you’ve got a good chance to win. San Jose Mercury-News

June 27, 2012 Updates

I’m hearing the Warriors do like Wilson Chandler but don’t believe he is worth the No. 7 pick so that deal is unlikely to happen. The Nuggets would have to take back Andris Biedrins or Richard Jefferson to make it worthwhile for the Warriors. However, if the Warriors trade down a bit, maybe to 12 or 14, that Chandler deal may be in play. That could be a high enough jump for Denver (#20) and the Warriors could still get someone they like at No. 20 – whether Terrence Jones, Quincy Miller, Moe Harkless or even Festus Ezeli Contra Costa Times

April 17, 2012 Updates

Maybe veteran Richard Jefferson is the guy. The former star was acquired from San Antonio at the trade deadline. Another option would be acquiring a player to fill that void. Barring a major roster alteration, Jackson said the four on the roster will have a chance to claim the job. He said it will depend on the work they put in during the offseason and how they perform in the preseason. "All those things will play a factor," Jackson said. "But I'm looking forward to one guy separating himself." Rush is averaging 9.2 points and 3.7 rebounds in 26.2 minutes. He's shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from 3-point range -- both on pace for career- highs. "I would love to be back," Rush said. "I definitely want to be a part of this." San Jose Mercury-News

March 23, 2012 Updates

Richard Jefferson seemed adamantly opposed to blaming the blowout loss on the back-to-back set: "There is no excuse for being tired in the NBA. We have a pretty young team and your body should be able to recover pretty quickly. The last couple of games, we haven’t come out with the right type of intensity. We need to improve on that." Sulia

March 15, 2012 Updates
January 15, 2012 Updates

Richard Jefferson said the team’s youth is a contributing factor to the Spurs’ early road struggles. “It is, but we have to play better, myself included,” Jefferson said at the team’s Sunday morning shootaround. “In a situation like this with a lot of crazy games a lot of scheduling conflicts as far as back to back to backs, home games become even more important. And road games become even tougher to get.” The Spurs are also attempting to compensate for the loss of leading scorer Manu Ginobili and backup point guard T.J. Ford, who both will be out of the lineup for at least another month with injuries. “If you combine that with a few injuries, not having the normal practice time because you have to be even more perfect on the road,” Jefferson said. “So you have to make less turnovers, shoot a better percentage and be more exact. “We haven’t been that. I believe we aren’t far off but we still have a lot of work to do.” San Antonio Express-News

December 17, 2011 Updates

After a week of flirting with other small forwards, the Spurs will open the preseason tonight at the Toyota Center with Richard Jefferson still on the roster and the remaining three years and $30.5 million on his contract still on the team payroll. Friday’s NBA deadline for executing amnesty on a player – waiving him in order to clean his contract off the books for salary-cap purposes – came and went without Jefferson being jettisoned. The Spurs had been strongly considering releasing the 31-year-old Jefferson, but backed away when they couldn’t seem to attract a suitable replacement. Though amnesty is off the table for the 2011-12 season, the team could still use the one-time provision for next season beginning in July. San Antonio Express-News

December 16, 2011 Updates

The Spurs had been strongly considering releasing the 31-year-old Jefferson, but backed away when they couldn’t seem to attract a suitable replacement. Though amnesty is off the table for the 2011-12 season, the team could still use the one-time provision for next season beginning in July. In two seasons with the Spurs, Jefferson averaged 11.6 points. He shot 44 percent from 3-point range last season, a career-high and fifth-best in the league. “He had a hell of a year for us,” coach Gregg Popovich said. “I think he’ll just move forward from there.” San Antonio Express-News

Don Harris: Spurs would have amnestied RJ had Grant Hill, Caron Butler or Josh Howard accepted an offer. All 3 said no. Still time. Midnight is near. Twitter

December 9, 2011 Updates
December 8, 2011 Updates

Chris Mannix: Richard Jefferson generating interest from several teams, source says. Most waiting for Jefferson to clear waivers before talking offer. Twitter

December 7, 2011 Updates

The San Antonio Spurs have decided to use their one-time amnesty clause on Richard Jefferson to waive their starting small forward, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The decision allows the Spurs to remove the three years and $30.5 million left on Jefferson’s contract from the team’s payroll for salary-cap and tax purposes. Jefferson will still be paid the $30.5 million. Yahoo! Sports

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