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Richard Jefferson
SF - 6'7, 233lbs - 43 years old - 17 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2018 season
  • Birthdate: 06/21/1980
  • Drafted (NBA): 13th pick, 2001
  • Pre-draft team: Arizona
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
2001 NBA DraftNBADrafted 13th overall by Houston.
2001 NBA DraftNBADraft rights traded by Houston, along with the draft rights to Brandon Armstrong (#23) and Jason Collins (#18), to New Jersey in exchange for the draft rights to Eddie Griffin (#7).
13th July, 2001NBASigned four year, $6,715,314 rookie scale contract with New Jersey. Included team option for 2004/05.
27th October, 2003NBANew Jersey exercised 2004/05 team option.
13th August, 2004NBASigned a six year, $76 million extension with New Jersey. Included early termination option after 2009/10 season.
26th June, 2008NBATraded by New Jersey to Milwaukee in exchange for Bobby Simmons and Yi Jianlian.
23rd June, 2009NBATraded by Milwaukee to San Antonio in exchange for Bruce Bowen, Fabricio Oberto and Kurt Thomas.
30th June, 2010NBAExercised early termination option.
21st July, 2010NBARe-signed by San Antonio to a four year, $38,892,000 contract. Included player option for 2013/14.
15th March, 2012NBATraded by San Antonio, along with T.J. Ford and a 2012 first round pick (#30, Festus Ezeli), to Golden State in exchange for Stephen Jackson.
1st June, 2013NBAExercised 2013/14 player option.
10th July, 2013NBAAs a part of a three team deal, traded by Golden State to Utah, along with Andris Biedrins, Brandon Rush, a 2014 first round pick (#21, Rodney Hood), a 2017 first round pick (#30, Josh Hart), a 2016 second round pick (#60, Tyrone Wallace), a 2017 second round pick (#60, Alpha Kaba), a 2018 second round pick and cash, in exchange for Kevin Murphy from Utah and a signed-and-traded Andre Iguodala from Denver.
18th July, 2014NBASigned a guaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Dallas.
5th August, 2015NBASigned a guaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Cleveland.
28th July, 2016NBARe-signed by Cleveland to a partially guaranteed three year, $7,612,500 contract.
14th October, 2017NBATraded by Cleveland, along with Kay Felder, a 2019 second round pick, a 2020 second round pick and cash, to Atlanta in exchange for the draft rights to Dimitrios Agravanis (#59, 2015) and the draft rights to Sergii Gladyr (#49, 2009).
14th October, 2017NBAWaived by Atlanta.
19th October, 2018NBASigned a guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season with Denver.
Career Moves
1998 - 2001Arizona (NCAA)
June 2001 - June 2008New Jersey Nets (NBA)
June 2008 - June 2009Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)
June 2009 - March 2012San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
Marhc 2012 - July 2013Golden State Warriors (NBA)
July 2013 - June 2014Utah Jazz (NBA)
July 2014 - June 2015Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
August 2015 - October 2017Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
October 2017Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
October 2017 - June 2018Denver Nuggets (NBA)
Articles about Richard Jefferson

June 29, 2018

Richard Jefferson
SF - 6’7, 233lbs - 38 years old - 17 years of experience

With their final roster spot, the Nuggets last season decided to sign Richard Jefferson, who promptly took over Mike Miller’s role of being the veteran wing on the end of the bench not doing very much.

True to the job description of the position he applied for, Jefferson did not play very much. He managed only 163 minutes all season, the majority of which came in garbage time. The Nuggets struggled for consistency and defence from the small forward spot all season, yet did not feel Jefferson would provide it either. Which makes me wonder what they thought he would bring. Rebounding specialist, maybe. Nate Robinson clone. Power hitting shortstop in the Miguel Tejada mode. Maybe they thought he was Rondae Hollis-Jefferson by mistake.

Either way, Jefferson should have been able to provide that. And he did, in the short time he managed. A reserve veteran point guard might have been a better shout for that final roster spot, though. And as for Jefferson, with his transition into the media career seemingly already begun, this is probably it.

Player Plan: Expiring minimum salary. No need for another.

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June 29, 2017

Richard Jefferson
SF, 6’7, 233lbs, 37 years old, 16 years of experience

Shot only 33.3% from three-point range, a marked decline from years prior, with his usage rate and PER being career lows. A heady veteran who contributes a bit of spot-up shooting, a bit of finishing from off-the-ball movement, and some defensive effort. But with his athleticism declining considerably, Jefferson is not a rotation-calibre player any longer. His role should be that of the deep bench player who steps in for one or two laudable performances in big moments, if called upon, which ideally, he isn’t. And that’s not meant as a pejorative.

Player Plan: Two years for a combined $5,112,500 remaining, only the first year of which is guaranteed. A worthy deep bench player, but should be upgraded on.

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April 13, 2017

[...] Instead, they got more shooters. They gave more roster spots to LeBron’s friends, heaped up on wings, left themselves without a tertiary playmaker, trusted Chris Andersen’s knees would suddenly lose ten years of wear and tear, and brought back pretty much the same already-aging unit as last year, except this time without any backup point guards or centres. They entered the season with little rim protection, with Channing Frye at backup centre, with no backup point guard except a young Kay Felder who they promptly did not trust with rotation minutes, and ultimately put themselves in a situation where Kyle Korver, Richard Jefferson and James Jones took up three roster spots to do pretty much the same thing.

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September 19, 2013

History has done what it loves to do best and repeated itself.

Utah headed into this summer with almost two maximum salaries worth of cap flexibility, and yet they made no effort to sign players with it. Almost as quickly as free agency began, Utah committed to burning their cap space on the Warriors’s castoffs, Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson, a combined $20 million cap hit with some first rounders to offset the cost. Burning $20 million of cap space on Biedrins, Jefferson and Brandon Rush is about as identical to burning $20 million of cap space on Gugliotta, Rice and Clark as you can get.

The difference is, or should be, the end result. The 2003 edition of this strategy culminated in the 2004 draft selections of Kris Humphries, Kirk Snyder and Pavel Podkolzin. Snyder went to a psychiatric hospital, Humphries lasted two seasons before being traded for Rafael Araujo, while Pavel lasted about seven minutes before being traded for a pick that later became Linas Kleiza. Stocking up all the assets meant nothing when said assets were wasted – with Kirilenko (and, to an extent, Boozer and Okur) taking up all the cap flexibility without living up to the money, and the supposed young core not working out, the 2004-05 season that followed was much worse than the one which was designed to be bad. A wasted season had to follow before Deron Williams arrived and the rebuild finally began.

This time, it’s different. It is the same situation, but it’s not. This time, Utah have gotten the young quality BEFORE hoarding the cap space.

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February 26, 2012

The All-Star weekend of 2003 featured one of the better slam dunk contests ever. Save for a tame effort by Richard Jefferson — in which he managed the rare feat of doing an elbow dunk that didn’t involve use of an elbow — it was a high caliber affair that culminated in a showdown between 2001 champion Desmond Mason and 2002 champion Jason Richardson, both pushing the other to produce their A-games, crescendoing beautifully with J-Rich’s final clincher:

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