A major reason they made the controversial trade is Bobby Simmons' contract is up in 2010, the summer when LeBron James heads a free-agent class that may include Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Amare Stoudemire. Richard Jefferson makes $15 million for the 2010-11 season.
Another reason, sources within the organization said, was that change was needed. They said Jefferson was jealous of Vince Carter and became so fixated on making the All-Star team that he focused more on the offensive end -- he averaged a career-best 22.6 points last season -- and didn't rebound or defend as hard as he did earlier in his career. -- The Record