Celtics Impact: Bucks-Spurs Trade
|06.23.09 at 8:15 pm ET|
On Tuesday ESPN reported the Milwaukee Bucks agreed to trade Richard Jefferson to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Bruce Bowen, Fabricio Oberto, and Kurt Thomas.
So what does this mean for the Boston Celtics?
The Spurs are back as a threat in the West.
After owning the Celtics for the majority of the Tim Duncan era, the Spurs have been susceptible to the Cs over the past three seasons. Now they have re-established themselves as legitimate title contenders in the Western Conference.
The acquisition of Jefferson gives the Spurs an offensive weapon on the perimeter to compliment the frontcourt/backcourt tandem of Duncan and Tony Parker. Last season Michael Finley started at the small forward position in two games against the Celtics, in which he averaged just seven points (23% FG).
Jefferson, on the other hand, averaged 17 points in three games against the Celtics last season. A seven-year member of the New Jersey Nets, he has a career average of 16.7 points (44.6% FG) against the Cs.
While the Spurs will lose Bowen’s defensive toughness, the addition of Jefferson not only spreads the floor but also adds depth to their often injury-prone lineup to better equip them for a postseason run.
In other NBA news … ESPN the Magazine’s Ric Bucher reported the Minnesota Timberwolves are working on a deal to send Randy Foye and Mike Miller to the Washington Wizards in exchange for the number five pick in this week’s NBA draft, Oleksiy Pecherov, Darius Songalia, and Etan Thomas. Foye and Songalia were originally drafted by the Celtics.