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Richard Jefferson - SF, 6'7, 233
Free agent - Last played with Atlanta (2017)
       Date of birth: 06/21/1980
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 13th pick, 2001
     Out of: Arizona
  NBA Experience: 16 years
  Hand: Right

2001 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 13th overall by Houston.
2001 NBA Draft NBA Draft 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, 2001 NBA Signed four year, $6,715,314 rookie scale contract with New Jersey. Included team option for 2004/05.
27th October, 2003 NBA New Jersey exercised 2004/05 team option.
13th August, 2004 NBA Signed a six year, $76 million extension with New Jersey. Included early termination option after 2009/10 season.
26th June, 2008 NBA Traded by New Jersey to Milwaukee in exchange for Bobby Simmons and Yi Jianlian.
23rd June, 2009 NBA Traded by Milwaukee to San Antonio in exchange for Bruce Bowen, Fabricio Oberto and Kurt Thomas.
30th June, 2010 NBA Exercised early termination option.
21st July, 2010 NBA Re-signed by San Antonio to a four year, $38,892,000 contract. Included player option for 2013/14.
15th March, 2012 NBA Traded 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, 2013 NBA Exercised 2013/14 player option.
10th July, 2013 NBA As 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, 2014 NBA Signed a guaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Dallas.
5th August, 2015 NBA Signed a guaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Cleveland.
28th July, 2016 NBA Re-signed by Cleveland to a partially guaranteed three year, $7,612,500 contract.
14th October, 2017 NBA Traded 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, 2017 NBA Waived by Atlanta.
When: Where:
1998 - 2001 Arizona (NCAA)
June 2001 - June 2008 New Jersey Nets (NBA)
June 2008 - June 2009 Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)
June 2009 - March 2012 San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
Marhc 2012 - July 2013 Golden State Warriors (NBA)
July 2013 - June 2014 Utah Jazz (NBA)
July 2014 - June 2015 Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
August 2015 - October 2017 Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
October 2017 Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
From blog:

   2017 NBA Manifesto

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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   The playoffs are about to start, and yet the Cavaliers are already blowing it

[...] 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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   All-Star memories: Michael Jordan’s last hurrah

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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   Lessons learned: How Utah's past informed its present

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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