Spurs trade for Bucks’ Jefferson

The San Antonio Spurs have agreed to acquire Richard Jefferson(notes) from the Milwaukee Bucks, league executives told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday.

The deal, first reported by Yahoo! Sports, has the Spurs sending veterans Bruce Bowen(notes), Kurt Thomas(notes) and Fabricio Oberto(notes) to the Bucks, who are looking to shed the remaining two years, $29.2 million on Jefferson’s contract for the Spurs’ expiring contracts. The contracts of Bowen and Oberto are only partially guaranteed for a total of $3.9 million for next season.

The Bucks later dealt Oberto to the Detroit Pistons for forward Amir Johnson.

Oberto is expected to be waived by the Pistons and possibly re-sign with the Spurs.

Jefferson is the athletic, scoring forward whom Spurs have craved to complement the aging tandem of Tim Duncan(notes) and Manu Ginobili(notes). The Spurs had been pursuing the New Jersey Nets’ Vince Carter(notes), but the Jefferson is the deal they could do now.

After arriving in Milwaukee last summer from New Jersey, Jefferson averaged 19.6 points for the Bucks last season.

Bowen, 38, has been a staple of the past three Spurs championships and one of the NBA’s most dogged defenders.

Adrian Wojnarowski is the NBA columnist for Yahoo! Sports. Follow him on Twitter. Send Adrian a question or comment for potential use in a future column or webcast.
Updated Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009