HoopsHype Richard Jefferson rumors

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But Jefferson, a 13-year veteran in the NBA, admitted he would like to play for a playoffs-bound team, considering he may not have a lot of years left to play in the league. “When you get to be almost 34 years old, you do want to play in the playoffs,'' he said. "If that opportunity doesn’t present itself, then being here in Utah with a great group of guys and a quality coaching staff and the amazing fans … that would be something that would be high on my list.’’ Deseret News

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Jefferson understands that history was made Sunday night in Los Angeles. And even though Collins may have friends in higher places now due to his historic announcement last spring, Jefferson still sees Collins as his silly brother who knows how to win and will do all the little things to again help the Nets win. "I think everyone knew there was going to be a gay athlete," Jefferson said. "Even with [Missouri football player] Michael Sam, it was just only a matter of time. Every sport has had one, every sport most likely has one currently playing. ... But it takes a lot of courage to come out [like Collins did]." Added Jefferson: "I don't care what it is that you do. I don't care who it is that you are with, I don't care how it is that you dress, I don't care what it is that you drink. I don't care what it is what you and your wife do in your bedroom. At the end of the day, you are going to have to win games. "And Jason Collins will help you win games. That is all that matters." ESPN.com

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The Cavs are considering two other possible deals, sources said. One is to trade Bynum to the Utah Jazz for veteran forward Richard Jefferson. [...] If the Cavs don't find a deal they like, they could waive Bynum themselves by Tuesday and save $6 million off their payroll. They also could also keep Bynum, who was suspended for one game last week for conduct detrimental to the team and has been excused since, and attempt to trade him again before next month's trade deadline. ESPN.com

Cleveland has talked to the Utah Jazz on trading Bynum for forward Richard Jefferson, but has yet to re-engage on those talks over the weekend, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Cavaliers are willing to part with a second-round pick in a Bynum-for-Jefferson deal, which Cleveland officials believe is likely enough return to make the transaction worth the Jazz's trouble. Utah will lose Jefferson without compensation to free agency at season's end, and a pick gives them some value for a player they acquired in a Golden State Warriors salary dump last February. Yahoo! Sports

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Utah Jazz forward Richard Jefferson will be a free agent next summer for the first time in his 13-season NBA career. His Arizona Wildcats came up short in the national championship game during his college career. He fell short twice in the NBA Finals as a pro and had to settle for a bronze medal at the Olympics. So a day after he told SiriusXM’s "Off the Dribble" that he planned to go "championship hunting," Jefferson stood by his comments. "I wouldn’t say I’m unapologetic, but who doesn’t want to win a championship?" Jefferson said when asked Friday about his comments to former NBA player and analyst Kenny Smith. Salt Lake Tribune

"If I get an opportunity to play for a championship team, I’m going to go hunting for that," Jefferson, who believes he has two or three years left as a player, told Smith. "I have no loyalty. I’m not one of those guys that played for the same team for 15 years like a Reggie Miller, who has to decide whether or not he’s going to do that. No. I’m a gun for hire." Salt Lake Tribune

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