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Jefferson playing for the Golden State Warriors.
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|Born||Richard Allen Jefferson|
June 21, 1980
Los Angeles, California
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||233 lbs (106 kg)|
|High school||Moon Valley|
|NBA Draft||2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th|
|Selected by the Houston Rockets|
|Playing career||2001–2018 (17 years)|
|2001–2008||New Jersey Nets|
|2009–2012||San Antonio Spurs|
|2012–2013||Golden State Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
- 1 Early life
- 2 College career
- 3 NBA career
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.
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)
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)
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.