Richard Jefferson has worn many jerseys in his day — so many that he might rival football’s Josh McCown.
Add another one to the collection.
Jefferson, recently released by the Atlanta Hawks moments after he was traded to them by the Cleveland Cavaliers, is signing with the Denver Nuggets, The Vertical’s Chris Mannix reported Monday. Jefferson confirmed the decision to sign a 1-year, $2.3 million deal via text message.
“I picked Denver because I believe in what they are doing and building and believe I can add and contribute on and off the court to their nucleus in a positive way,” Jefferson told The Vertical.
Jefferson spent the last 3 seasons with the Cavaliers as a veteran addition who played a key role in parts of Cleveland’s run to 3 straight Eastern Conference titles and the 2016 NBA Championship. Jefferson initially declared he would retire in the euphoric moments after the Cavs’ Game 7 win over Golden State in 2016, but was coaxed out of retirement at the team’s championship parade.
Prior to his time with the Cavs, Jefferson played for the New Jersey Nets from 2001-2008, Milwaukee Bucks (2008-2009), San Antonio Spurs (2009-2012), Golden State Warriors (2012-13), Utah Jazz (2013-2014) and Dallas Mavericks (2014-2015).
Jefferson also launched the popular podcast “Road Trippin'” with Cavs teammate Channing Frye, and gave his best to Cleveland while taping an episode on the day he was traded to Atlanta.
Richard Jefferson on his future. Says he doesn’t know where he’s gonna wind up, but Cleveland will always be a part of him pic.twitter.com/VG8BHkYOqn
— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) October 14, 2017
Jefferson joins a Nuggets team that finished 40-42 and in 9th place in the Western Conference, just outside of the playoffs, in 2016-17.