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Richard Jefferson
Richard Jefferson.jpg
Jefferson playing for the Golden State Warriors.
No. 22, 24
Position Small forward
Personal information
Born Richard Allen Jefferson
June 21, 1980 (1980-06-21) (age 41)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Physical stats
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 233 lbs (106 kg)
Career information
High school Moon Valley
(Phoenix, Arizona)
College Arizona (1998-2001)
NBA Draft 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Playing career 2001–2018 (17 years)
Career history
20012008 New Jersey Nets
2008–2009 Milwaukee Bucks
20092012 San Antonio Spurs
2012–2013 Golden State Warriors
2013–2014 Utah Jazz
2014–2015 Dallas Mavericks
20152017 Cleveland Cavaliers
2017–2018 Denver Nuggets
Career highlights and awards

Richard Jefferson (born June 21, 1980) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 17 seasons in the NBA. He won the 2016 NBA champion with the Cavaliers.

Early life

Jefferson was born in Los Angeles and was raised in Phoenix, Arizona. His parents were both Christian missionaries, and he moved around frequently growing up. He attended Moon Valley High School in West Phoenix.

College career

NBA career

New Jersey Nets (2001–2008)

Jefferson played seven seasons with the New Jersey Nets and was a key element of their back-to-back Eastern Conference Championship teams of 2002 and 2003.

Milwaukee Bucks (2008–2009)

On June 26, 2008 Jefferson was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons.

San Antonio Spurs (2009–2012)

On June 23, 2009, Richard Jefferson was traded to the San Antonio Spurs for Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas, and Fabricio Oberto. On June 30, 2010 Jefferson opted out of his contract with San Antonio and became an unrestricted free agent. On July 23, 2010, Jefferson re-signed with the Spurs.

Golden State Warriors (2012–2013)

On March 15, 2012, the Golden State Warriors traded the newly acquired Stephen Jackson for Jefferson, along with a conditional first-round pick.

Utah Jazz (2013–2014)

On July 5, 2013, the Warriors reportedly agreed to trade Jefferson, along with teammates Brandon Rush and Andris Biedriņš, to the Utah Jazz. The trade became official on July 10.

Dallas Mavericks (2014–2015)

On July 21, 2014, Jefferson signed with the Dallas Mavericks, only played for one season.

Cleveland Cavaliers (2015–2017)

On August 5, 2015, Jefferson signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers finished the regular season with a 57–25 record and made it through to the 2016 NBA Finals. The Cavaliers won the series in seven games to win the championship after being down from 3-1.

Considering retirement following the championship win, Jefferson re-signed with the Cavaliers on July 28, 2016, reportedly on a two-year, $5 million contract. The Cavaliers made their return to the NBA Finals in 2017, but lost four out of five games against the Warriors.

On October 14, 2017, Jefferson was traded, along with Kay Felder, two future second-round draft picks and cash considerations, to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for the rights to Sergiy Gladyr and Dimitrios Agravanis. He was immediately waived by the Hawks.

Denver Nuggets (2017–2018)

On October 19, 2017, Jefferson signed a one-year, $2.3 million contract with the Denver Nuggets.

On October 13, 2018, Jefferson announced his retirement from professional basketball.