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Richard Jefferson | Forward | #22

Team: Denver Nuggets
Age / DOB:  (37) / 6/21/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 233
College: Arizona
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 1 (13) / HOU
Contract: view contract details

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Richard Jefferson didn't leave the Nuggets' bench on Sunday.
Jefferson missed Denver's final game before the break due to wrist soreness, but it looks like he was a DNP-CD tonight. We're taking him off the injury report and he shouldn't be owned anywhere. Feb 26 - 12:10 AM

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Richard Jefferson (wrist soreness) will not play on Thursday vs. the Bucks.

Jefferson hasn't played in six straight games, so this doesn't have any fantasy implications. He's fitting into the Mike Miller role perfectly.
Feb 15 - 12:48 PM

Richard Jefferson scored five points with one rebound, one assist and one 3-pointer in 14 minutes against the Suns on Friday.

Coach Mike Malone playing RJ may have been costly with Jefferson having a minus-nine in plus-minus during this eight-point loss. He's not worth owning in fantasy regardless.
Jan 19 - 11:51 PM

Richard Jefferson did not score with three rebounds and one assist in 15 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday.

Coach Mike Malone said he was planning to play Jefferson at some point, so he was out there after a DNP-CD on Tuesday. Regardless, you're not adding him almost anywhere.
Jan 18 - 1:29 AM

Coach Michael Malone says he’s planning on moving Richard Jefferson into the regular rotation for the remainder of the season.

Malone likes what he's seen out of the old guy and wants to see "what we have" in him until further notice. Jefferson is 37 years old, so we're pretty sure Malone already knows what he has and only owners in super deep leagues need to take notice of this news. He had one rebound in two minutes on Sunday. Yee-haw.
Jan 13 - 7:22 PM

Richard Jefferson made his Nuggets' debut during garbage time on Sunday.

The home crowd in Brooklyn started up a "We want RJ" chant, and coach Mike Malone obliged them. The veteran finished with one rebound in two minutes and there's no reason to think he'll have fantasy relevance while Wilson Chandler is healthy.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017 09:28:00 PM

Richard Jefferson is "closing in" on a one-year, $2.3M deal with the Denver Nuggets according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The move will be official once the Nuggets waive a player (likely Jameer Nelson). Jefferson cleared waivers less than an hour before this report, so the Nuggets aren't wasting any time. It's hard to imagine Jefferson playing a big role with the Nuggets expected to use a nine-man rotation, so he's not on the fantasy radar.
Mon, Oct 16, 2017 07:13:00 PM

Richard Jefferson has officially cleared waivers, and he's now an unrestricted free agent.

Jefferson will be free to join a team of his choosing, and both the Bucks and Nuggets have expressed interest in the 37-year-old swingman. However, the Bucks added DeAndre Liggins on Monday, bringing their roster to 15, so they appear to be out of the running. Will Barton suffered what may have been a significant ankle injury during Monday's practice, so Jefferson could help them out with some backcourt depth during Barton's absence, but he won't have any fantasy value there.
Mon, Oct 16, 2017 06:34:00 PM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Nuggets have joined the Bucks in the pursuit of Richard Jefferson.

The Hawks quickly bought Jefferson out after he was acquired from the Cavaliers on Saturday. He's expected to clear waivers at 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday and will become an unrestricted free agent. He could have a shot at minutes in Milwaukee with Jabari Parker (knee) out, but Denver already has two small forwards in their projected nine-man rotation in Wilson Chandler and Juancho Hernangomez.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Oct 16, 2017 09:19:00 AM

Bucks have emerged as "a serious suitor" in the pursuit of Richard Jefferson, according to Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin of

We could have a old-school New Jersey Nets reunion on our hands here. Kidd likes veteran leadership on his team, but Jefferson probably wouldn't get minutes on most nights. Jefferson is 37 years old and he's been fairly open he wants to keep playing.
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 10:13:00 PM

The Hawks acquired Richard Jefferson, Kay Felder, two second-round picks and cash from the Cavs for draft rights to Dimitrios Agravanis and Sergii Gladyr.

The move saves the Cavs $12.8 million in luxury tax and they were probably going to waive Jefferson anyway. The biggest loss for the Cavs in this deal would be the loss of R-Jeff's Snapchat. He is expected to be bought out.
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 06:08:00 PM

The Cavs may waive Richard Jefferson to get down to the 15-player roster limit.

With Dwyane Wade now in town, Cleveland currently has 16 players with guaranteed contracts and need to get down to 15 by Opening Night. The Cavs have plenty of depth on the wing and can afford to let go of Jefferson, who is owed $2.5 million. Jefferson can be ignored in all fantasy formats, as he won't have value even if he makes the team.
Tue, Oct 3, 2017 09:22:00 AM

Richard Jefferson said he will return to the Cavs next season,

He'll be the 12th player on the roster and should back up LeBron James again. The 37-year-old forward is probably more known for his social media than this play these days, but he did get some important minutes in the playoffs.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Jul 5, 2017 06:11:00 PM

Richard Jefferson said on his podcast that he will consider retirement this summer.

"I don't know what I'm about to do next season," said Jefferson, who turns 37 next week. He averaged 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 20.4 minutes over 79 games for the Cavs during the regular season, including 13 starts. If RJ does retire, Cleveland would need to target small forwards in free agency, in order to maintain adequate depth behind LeBron James.
Fri, Jun 16, 2017 01:24:00 PM

Richard Jefferson (knee) returned from a two-game absence on Sunday with one rebound and one assist in 11 minutes.

The Celtics pulled 1.0 game ahead of the Cavs earlier in the day, but Cleveland persevered tonight to trim the deficit to 0.5 games with a showdown in Boston looming on Wednesday. Cleveland has two remaining back-to-back sets, on Apr. 4/5 and 9/10, so it's possible RJ will get a spot-start if the Cavs rest anyone, but even as a starter he's a poor fantasy option.
Sun, Apr 2, 2017 10:51:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Jamal Murray
2Devin Harris
3Monte Morris
SG1Gary Harris
2Will Barton
3Malik Beasley
SF1Wilson Chandler
2Juan Hernangomez
3Richard Jefferson
4Torrey Craig
PF1Paul Millsap
2Trey Lyles
3Kenneth Faried
4Darrell Arthur
5Tyler Lydon
C1Nikola Jokic
2Mason Plumlee