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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 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. Oct 29 - 9:28 PM

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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.
Oct 16 - 7:13 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.
Oct 16 - 6:34 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
Oct 16 - 9:19 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.
Oct 14 - 10:13 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.
Oct 13 - 6:08 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.
Oct 3 - 9:22 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
Jul 5 - 6:11 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.
Jun 16 - 1:24 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.
Apr 2 - 10:51 PM

Richard Jefferson (knee) will play Sunday vs. the Pacers.

Jefferson has spent the past two games on the sidelines, but he should be back to his 20-minute bench role for tonight's game. Jefferson is not a viable target in most settings.
Apr 2 - 4:20 PM

Richard Jefferson (knee) has been ruled out of Friday's game the Sixers.

He and Kyle Korver are the only two on the injury report, so the Cavs look like they'll be going for the win. It should be Iman Shumpert, Channing Frye and J.R. Smith picking up a few extra minutes with Jefferson out today.
Mar 31 - 5:42 PM

Richard Jefferson (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday against the Bulls.

He missed practice on Wednesday and the Cavs will just hold him out. Jefferson plays both forward spots, so there could be more minutes going to J.R. Smith or Iman Shumpert at the three and Channing Frye at the four.
Mar 30 - 6:36 PM

Richard Jefferson didn't practice on Wednesday because of some knee tendonitis.

It sounds like it was more of a maintenance day, as coach Tyronn Lue said everyone would play vs. the Bulls on Thursday except Kyle Korver (foot). Jefferson isn't a fantasy option anyways with Kevin Love healthy.
Mar 30 - 11:50 AM

Richard Jefferson will move back to the bench on Thursday.

With Kevin Love back, R-Jeff will shift back to being more of a backup to LeBron James. Love's return also takes away from Channing Frye and Derrick Williams. Jefferson, Frye and Williams won't be worth using when the Cavs aren't resting players.
Mar 16 - 5:33 PM

Depth Charts

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