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Celtics Impact: Bucks-Spurs Trade

On Tuesday ESPN reported [1] the Milwaukee Bucks [2] agreed to trade Richard Jefferson [3] to the San Antonio Spurs [4] in exchange for Bruce Bowen, Fabricio Oberto, and Kurt Thomas [5].

So what does this mean for the Boston Celtics [6]?

The Spurs are back as a threat in the West.

After owning the Celtics for the majority of the Tim Duncan [7] 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 [8]. Last season Michael Finley [9] 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 [10], 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 [11] the Minnesota Timberwolves [12] are working on a deal to send Randy Foye and Mike Miller [13] to the Washington Wizards [14] 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.