To say this was a surprise is an understatement.
Jefferson's playing time and production has diminished in San Antonio last year. Yahoo! basketball wordsmith Adrain Wojnarowski points out that coach Gregg Popovich rode him particularly hard.
The San Antonio Express-News has more:
Oh, and just an update: No news from LeBron James yet.
Jefferson's agent, Todd Eley, characterized the decision as a means to take advantage of a sellers' free agent market this summer, and hedge against the uncertainty of an NBA collective bargaining agreement that expires after next season.
It doesn't necessarily mean Jefferson's first season in San Antonio will be his last. There remains a possibility - maybe even a probability -- that Jefferson will re-sign with the Spurs in a long-term deal more palatable to their bottom line.