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Richard Jefferson | Forward | #24

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (36) / 6/21/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 233
College: Arizona
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 1 (13) / HOU
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Richard Jefferson has decided that he will not retire, and he will suit up for at least one more NBA season.
Jefferson will very likely sign another one-year deal with the Cavs at the veteran’s minimum as he looks to repeat with Cleveland. He'll again provide the Cavs with a veteran presence in the locker room, while remaining a non-option in fantasy hoops. Jun 23 - 3:41 PM

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Richard Jefferson said that he might not retire.

"No, it’s is not set in stone," Jefferson said regarding retirement. "My teammates, [LeBron James] and those guys, keep trying to talk me out of it. They say I’m crazy if I retire, so we’ll see. It’s still up for debate." Jefferson announced after Game 7 that he was ready to hang it up, but the influx of money coming into the NBA may make him reconsider that statement, particularly when he'll have a chance to repeat with the Cavs.
Source: NBC Sports
Jun 22 - 2:10 PM

Richard Jefferson said after Game 7 that he will retire from the NBA.

The 35-year-old veteran will retire as an NBA champion. "My teammates keep trying to talk me out of it, "Jefferson said. "And I'm just like, 'Guys, this has been the most stressful month of my life, I don't know.'" Jefferson turns 36 on Tuesday, but he proved during the Finals that he can still play at a high level with averages of 5.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 24 minutes per game.
Jun 20 - 9:23 AM

Richard Jefferson played 14 minutes off the bench on Monday with eight points, one rebound, three steals and three turnovers.

The Cavs went with more Iman Shumpert than RJ in this game. Shumpert was a big reason why Klay Thompson cooled off in the second half. Considering how Kevin Love looked lost and Draymond Green will be back, Jefferson could see more minutes in Game 6 on Thursday. Shumpert played 26 minutes with four points, one rebound, one steal and two blocks.
Jun 14 - 12:16 AM

Updating a previous item, Richard Jefferson will come off the bench on Monday.

With Draymond Green suspended, it makes sense to get Kevin Love back out there. Jefferson should still see minutes around 20 tonight, but he won't be taking many shots.
Jun 13 - 8:52 PM

Richard Jefferson is listed as the starter for Game 5 on Monday.

The small-ball lineup did not work in Game 4, but things are a little different with Draymond Green out. Jefferson should see minutes in the lower 20s as the Cavs look to get LeBron James more minutes at power forward sans Draymond.
Jun 13 - 8:33 PM

Richard Jefferson scored three points with six rebounds and two turnovers in 25 minutes against the Warriors on Friday.

This game wasn't nearly as impressive as his last few games. The Cavs still played LeBron James at power forward a ton in this game, so Jefferson should still see decent minutes even with Kevin Love back.
Jun 10 - 11:56 PM

Richard Jefferson made a fill-in start for the Cavs on Wednesday, posting nine points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.

In his first Finals start since 2003 (as a member of the Nets), Jefferson took advantage of his scoring chances with 4-of-7 shooting, he moved the ball well, and he contributed to Cleveland's solid defense. His promotion was a result of Kevin Love's concussion, which has him questionable for Game 4, but based on the Cavs' success tonight there's a chance RJ will start Game 4 regardless of Love's status.
Jun 9 - 12:33 AM

Richard Jefferson will start Game 3 in place of Kevin Love (concussion).

Tyronn Lue is opting for a smaller lineup, rather than starting Channing Frye at PF, though he did say that the Cavs "need to find ways to keep [Frye] on the floor." Jefferson can't play huge minutes at age 35, and until Love is healthy we're likely to see plenty of LeBron at PF with more minutes for Frye, Iman Shumpert, Tristan Thompson and even Timofey Mozgov.
Jun 8 - 7:21 PM

Richard Jefferson was spotted in a starter's jersey at the Cavs' shootaround.

An earlier report indicated that Jefferson would draw the start if Kevin Love (concussion) were unavailable for Game 3, and with Love not going through shootaround, it's looking like Jefferson will be the next man up for Tyronn Lue. Channing Frye and Timofey Mozgov will also have the opportunity for some increased minutes sans Love, while guys like LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith will be asked to do the heavy lifting on offense.

Richard Jefferson will likely start if Kevin Love (concussion) can't play in Game 3.

Jefferson played 26 minutes in Game 2 with 12 points, five boards, one block and one steal, and this report makes sense because Channing Frye hasn't been in the rotation. The Cavs could also look to give Timofey Mozgov more run, but we'll have a better idea after Wednesday's shootaround. Love is still considered questionable to play.
Jun 7 - 9:36 PM

Richard Jefferson played all 12 fourth-quarter minutes and 15 total minutes on Monday against the Raptors, finishing with eight points, one assist and no turnovers.

He played down the stretch as coach Ty Lue got a bit desperate. Lue continues to say it's not "fair" to Kevin Love to play in the fourth, so maybe Jefferson plays key minutes again. He's not a fantasy option, of course.
May 23 - 11:22 PM

Richard Jefferson scored a season-high 20 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers against the Heat on Saturday.

He scored 14 points in the fourth quarter during the blowout, so there's the explanation. Leave Jefferson on the wire.
Mar 19 - 11:47 PM

Richard Jefferson started for LeBron James (rest) on Sunday, but only managed to produce 10 points, five boards, one 3-pointer and one assist through 33 minutes of action.

Jefferson is well past his days of being a relevant name in standard leagues, and with LeBron James (rest) set to return to action on Monday vs. Indiana, there’s zero incentive to swoop up Jefferson in any setting.
Feb 28 - 4:01 PM

Richard Jefferson will draw the start on Sunday vs. the Wizards with LeBron James (rest) sitting out.

In three games as a starter this year, Jefferson has seen just under 35 minutes per game, so he is someone to consider in DFS. With James just sitting out for maintenance, RJ doesn't offer any long-term appeal in standard leagues, though.
Feb 28 - 12:28 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyrie Irving
2Matthew Dellavedova
3Mo Williams
SG1J.R. Smith
2Iman Shumpert
3James Jones
4Dahntay Jones
5Jordan McRae
SF1LeBron James
2Richard Jefferson
PF1Kevin Love
2Channing Frye
C1Tristan Thompson
2Timofey Mozgov
3Sasha Kaun