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February 23, 2015 Updates

Yes, that really was 34-year-old Richard Jefferson rising from the dotted line and throwing down a vicious tomahawk slam over 21-year old Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The dunk was so stunning and so sweet that players on the Charlotte Hornets’ bench were falling over each other in shocked awe. “It was sick!” said Dirk Nowitzki, whose All-Star alley-oop is no longer the most surprising dunk of the Dallas Mavericks season, although players swear the 14-year veteran Jefferson has dunked like that in practice. ESPN.com

February 13, 2015 Updates

Richard Jefferson: “I have no plans. I’m going to a wedding in Phoenix and coming back here. My house is under construction in L.A., so I can’t go there. So I’m just going to lay low and get ready for the final stretch of the season. I know, it’s disappointing.” Dwight Powell: “I’m going to L.A. My girlfriend lives out there. I’ll go for the weekend.” Mark Cuban: “I’ll be up there [in New York] for a technology conference. Take the kids up there and hang out. The kids want to see snow. You’ve got to let your kids make their mistakes while they’re growing up.” ESPN.com

December 28, 2014 Updates

Carlisle, who will become the 27th coach in NBA history to coach at least 1,000 games, received some measure of respect from forward Richard Jefferson on his major accomplishment. “It is huge, especially when you see coaches coming from college, the coaching carousel,” Jefferson said. “And to tell you the truth, he’s a fairly young coach to reach that number. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Marc Stein: Mavericks will get Jefferson on a one-year minimum deal. Bargain signing after Jefferson completed his last contract in Utah Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

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Mark Deeks: Jazz renounced Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush. Hornets renounced Pargo, Tolliver, White, Ridnour, McRoberts and Douglas-Roberts. Twitter @MarkDeeksNBA

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Jefferson grew up in a working class family in the Phoenix area, with his mother, stepfather and two other brothers. Coming from a humble background, he admits he wasn’t ready for the instant economic change that comes with that first NBA contract. “You don’t understand how quickly it’s going to come. You don’t understand the management of it. It’s really monopoly money when you go from getting a $500 (monthly) stipend in college to hundreds of thousands of dollars,” he said. “No one is prepared.” Deseret News

April 18, 2014 Updates

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

February 23, 2014 Updates

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