According to Yahoo! Sports, San Antonio Spurs’ free-agent, Richard Jefferson, does not have a deal to return to the Spurs and would prefer to sign with the New York Knicks or the New Jersey Nets:
Richard Jefferson doesn’t have a deal with the San Antonio Spurs and would prefer to return to the New York area to play for the Knicks or Nets, league sources told Y! Sports.
Jefferson is seeking a multiyear contract that averages in the range of $8 million-$10 million, sources said. He opted out of the $15 million final season of his contract with the Spurs on Tuesday.
Jefferson has built a good relationship with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, but doesn’t think the team’s system best fits his skills.
Should Jefferson leave, this would leave a hole at the small-forward position for the team and if he does sign with the Knicks or Nets, the Spurs will be seeking someone fill the spot.
There was a report the Spurs are interested in free-agent Anthony Morrow of the Golden State Warriors and Orlando Magic free-agent Matt Barnes mentioned he still feel the Spurs were interested in him.
Perhaps the team is already looking for a replacement for Jefferson?