Richard Jefferson will be staying and re-signing with the reigning NBA champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
From the Cleveland Clinic Courts, David Griffin, the general manager of the Cavaliers, announced today that Jefferson re-signed with the team. Terms of the contract were not released as per league and team policy. He also said that the versatility and the leadership on the court of Jefferson is vital to the team’s identity and success last season.
“In many respects, his impact was greater as the stakes got higher. His NBA Finals performance is a testament to his dedicated, steady approach and his presence in our locker room throughout the year and postseason cannot be overstated. We’re very thankful he decided to continue his career and we know that his teammates appreciate what he brings to this team at a very deep level,” he added.
The Cavaliers veteran forward said after winning the NBA Finals that he was going to retire, but later on during the Cleveland’s championship parade, fans wished for him to play again for another NBA season.
After few days of thinking and deciding, Jefferson revealed that he wanted to play for two to three more years. The management of the Cavaliers did not release the terms contract but previous reports said that he was going to ink a $5 million two-year deal with the team.
The 36-year-old forward played in 74 games last 2015-2016 NBA regular season. He averaged 5.5 points on .458 shooting from the field and 1.7 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game. However, Jefferson played an important role in the 2016 NBA playoffs. He averaged 5.4 points on .524 shooting from the field and 3.5 rebounds in 18.1 minutes per game.
Richard Jefferson is expected to show off his versatile and veteran way of playing under head coach Tyronn Lue. He is also expected to have a bigger role this upcoming NBA season to take another championship crown with the Cavs.
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