The New Jersey Nets and Milwaukee Bucks are on the verge of a trade that will send Richard Jefferson to the Bucks for forwards Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons, according to NBA front-office sources.
Sources told ESPN.com that the deal has been agreed to and submitted for league approval in advance of Thursday night's draft. No draft picks are involved in the trade, sources said.
I like this trade for Jersey, because it's way past time for Jefferson to move on and get a fresh start. Simmons can capably fill the void left by Jason Kidd and Yi still has a lot of potential. I just feel bad for the Chinese that now have to sit through overseas broadcasts of every Vince Carter game.
Bucks fans are happy to be rid of Yi (and Bobby Simmons' contract), and are glad to have a proven player like Jefferson. Of course then the draft goes all wonky and they end up drafting Joe Alexander, another forward. Most fans were looking for a pure PG, someone who passes the ball more than Mo Williams does.
ESPN's Peter May sez: Two years ago, the New Jersey Nets thoroughly stunned the basketball world. Last year, they simply did what everyone expected them to do. Kenyon Martin should finally make the East's All-Star team at power forward. This year?