Originally written February 19, 2013 on Hoop Fantasies Fantasy Basketball Blog:
Don't look for the San Antonio Spurs to make a major move before Thursday's trade deadline. ESPN's Ric Bucher reported that the Spurs are likely to stand pat. Bucher debunked the Jefferson rumor, writing that it "never had substance to it." NBA insider Chris Sheridan floated the idea of the Spurs making a play for Jefferson, even calling the Western Conference power "the front-runners to land" Jefferson. Interest in Smith "died upon discovering that Josh simply didn't have the requisite Spurs' DNA," Bucher wrote. One former coach believes Smith would benefit from playing for Greg Popovich and with Tim Duncan. Former NBA coach Sam Mitchell told me today that playing for the Spurs would be a great benefit to Smith and I agree; he's never struck me as a malcontent or bad guy or purposely undisciplined. He might not have Spurs' DNA now, but I believe he wouldn't reject a transfusion and it would make the most of the raw talent he clearly has.   Photo: Al Jefferson's Facebook.
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