According to Hoopsworld, the San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers nearly completed a blockbuster trade on Wednesday afternoon, but the deal fell apart in the late stages.
San Antonio was prepared to ship Tony Parker and the #29 pick to Portland in exchange for Andre Miller, Nicolas Batum and the #21 pick. Other players would have been added in order to make salaries work.
However, the deal died when the Spurs insisted that Richard Jefferson be included in the talks.
Since San Antonio’s attempt to add Jefferson, talks have quieted, but they could pick up tomorrow if one of these teams has a change of heart.
Acquiring Batum could have been nice because he is a young wingman that can score and is an able defender.
Nonetheless, the combination of Batum and Miller for Parker seems to put the Spurs on a slight disadvantage.
If Richard Jefferson is included in the trade, it could work out better for the Spurs.
Because of these developments, together with NBA’s continued labor negotiations, the 2011 NBA Draft could be very interesting.