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Richard Jefferson | Forward | #24

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (37) / 6/21/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 233
College: Arizona
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 1 (13) / HOU
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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
Source: ESPN.com

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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

Richard Jefferson started for the fifth straight game and scored 16 points in his second straight, adding two steals and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

J.R. Smith is back in action, but Kyle Korver is still working his way back from a foot injury. Once they're both healthy, Korver should end up displacing RJ in the starting unit. However, if you look at just RJ's last two games, he's averaging 16 points and four 3-pointers on 11-of-15 shooting. But if you add in his other three games, his five-game averages are 9.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 3-pointers on 53 percent shooting. There's no reason to own him at this point, but if Korver's not back soon and RJ stays hot, that could possibly change.
Mar 14 - 10:07 PM

Richard Jefferson scored a season-high 16 points during Sunday's tough loss in Houston, making 6-of-6 shots with a 4-of-4 mark from downtown.

RJ scored all of his points in the first half, adding three rebounds and one assist in 31 minutes of action. His minutes should shrink once Kyle Korver (foot) is healthy and J.R. Smith (22 minutes) gets up to speed, and the fact that this was a season-high says plenty about Jefferson's lack of fantasy appeal.
Mar 13 - 12:11 AM

Richard Jefferson will get another start on Thursday against the Pistons.

He got the start on Monday when the Cavs had LeBron James vs. Miami, but it didn't work out in the loss. Jefferson only scored two points in 29 minutes during that game, so he's not exactly someone fantasy owners should be counting on.
Mar 9 - 7:26 PM

Richard Jefferson is starting vs. the Heat on Monday.

The Cavaliers are mixing up their lineups these days, but Jefferson usually eats last on offense. J.R. Smith (thumb) is nearing a return, so Jefferson's minutes and touches will be pretty low when the Cavs aren't resting their studs. Leave him on the wire.
Mar 6 - 5:42 PM

Richard Jefferson shifted to a bench role on Wednesday with eight points, four rebounds, two assists and one block.

RJ knocked down one 3-pointer in 18 minutes of action, and this about sums up his fantasy appeal. His minutes are inconsistent, and even with Kevin Love out of action there's no incentive to own him outside of very deep formats.
Mar 2 - 12:30 AM

Richard Jefferson will return to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Celtics.

Jefferson got the start over Channing Frye on Monday in a matchup-based move against the Bucks, but it'll be Frye back in the starting five tonight against Boston's more traditional frontcourt. Jefferson is not a viable target in any scenario.
Mar 1 - 7:44 PM

Richard Jefferson will replace Channing Frye in the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with Milwaukee.

Head coach Tyronn Lue described this move as a matchup-based decision, as he'd like Frye to spend more time guarding Monroe in the second-unit, and he feels Jefferson will match up better with Michael Beasley. The move makes sense, but there won't be any major fantasy implications here, as Jefferson tends to be irrelevant regardless of how he enters the game.
Feb 27 - 5:32 PM

Richard Jefferson played 31 minutes in a start for LeBron James (illness) against the Bulls on Saturday, scoring nine points with three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer.

LeBron has strep throat, but chances are he should be well enough to play on Monday against the Bucks. If not, Jefferson would still only be a desperation play in DFS or as a streamer. There are only seven games on Monday, though.
Feb 25 - 11:17 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyrie Irving
2Deron Williams
3Kay Felder
SG1J.R. Smith
2Iman Shumpert
3Kyle Korver
4Dahntay Jones
SF1LeBron James
2Richard Jefferson
3James Jones
PF1Kevin Love
2Channing Frye
3Derrick Williams
C1Tristan Thompson
2Walter Tavares