I'm not generally a big trade rumor guy, basically because that's all they usually are -- rumors. The "would you do this or that?" scenarios seem pointless to me unless there are actual legs to the story. But with this one, there actually might be.
If there are, they'd be big ol', sexy, long legs.
Chris Sheridan of Sheridan Hoops reported about an hour ago that the San Antonio Spurs are the front-runners to land the Jazz big man, if indeed he is traded. Utah is currently sitting in the seventh spot in the West -- just a game and a half ahead of ninth-place Portland -- and is stacked in the frontcourt with some definite weaknesses in the backcourt. With Paul Millsap, Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors also in tow alongside Jefferson, the Jazz have a logjam at a position where they feature quite a bit of talent. There has been speculation over the last two years that the team would, at some point, look to move one of their interior players.
Jefferson comes with a hefty price tag -- $15 million this season -- and his contract expires after this year, so Utah risks losing him to free agency if they do not act prior to February's deadline. The Spurs' frontcourt has improved with Tiago Splitter's elevated level of play, but adding a borderline All-Star like Jefferson to the mix would be a welcomed supplement to the Big 3 as San Antonio approaches a potential playoff rematch with the likes of the Los Angeles Clippers or Oklahoma City Thunder.
Spurs front-runners to land Al Jefferson?
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