The man - Project Spurs' Jeff Garcia - tasked me with a lose-lose situation.
He asked to compile some realistic Richard Jefferson trade ideas. Unfortunately that is going to be difficult to do cause many San Antonio Spurs fans think Jefferson is the worst player the team has thanks to his awful play down the stretch and the gigantic contract that was gift wrapped to him by Spurs' management.
However, thanks to the amazing ESPN NBA Trade Machine, I have found nine, yes nine iffy too good trades that I would at least think about if I were R.C. Buford. Some involve only Jefferson, others include other players including Tony Parker.
I divided these ideas into two groups, those involving Parker and those that don't. So here they are in no particular order.
Trades which don't involve Tony Parker:
File this under both iffy and good. It's good because it's realistic. It's iffy because I'm not sure what it does for both teams. For the Spurs, Thompson is the prize here. He's 6'11", block shots and hit a jumper. Garcia also has three years left on his contract, but makes less money than Jefferson, but doesn't fit on that team and with the additions of Jimmer and John Salmons, the 2 guard spot is pretty much taken up. The trade also gives the Kings a small forward that knows how to play basketball because here in Sacramento, we're not really sure Donte Green knows how to play basketball. Garcia would also be a nice fit on the Spurs because he's a tough, defensive minded guy and at 6'7" can play either the 2 or the 3. Plus he's 30, so the national media will say he fits in well with the Spurs because he's "getting up there in age". It's not a great deal, but at least it's realistic. See, I told you I could do this.
One bad contract for another. Gives the Spurs a back up point guard at one less year than Jefferson's left on his deal. Toronto starts Linas Kleiza or James Johnson at small forward. Surely Richard Jefferson is a better option for Toronto. Plus, Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo is an idiot, but we'll talk more about that later. File this under iffy because I'm not sure Jose Calderon is any better than Mike Bibby at this point.