HoopsHype Richard Jefferson rumors

January 5, 2014 Updates

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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Jefferson, who's started for Utah since being traded from Golden State this offseason, simply disagrees with the critics. “Now as far as lashing out and putting pressure on a coach, that’s unfair. … Everybody’s an armchair quarterback,” Jefferson said. “Everybody has their own fantasy football team. Everybody has their own idea of what should go down. “But,” he added, “I can tell you from being in this league and having multiple Hall of Fame coaches that Ty is doing a very good job. He’s in a very difficult situation with a lot of young guys and a lot of injuries, and he’s doing a very, very good job, and I say that with the utmost confidence.” Deseret News

December 11, 2013 Updates

Jefferson, who's started for Utah since being traded from Golden State this offseason, simply disagrees with the critics. “Now as far as lashing out and putting pressure on a coach, that’s unfair. … Everybody’s an armchair quarterback,” Jefferson said. “Everybody has their own fantasy football team. Everybody has their own idea of what should go down. But,” Richard Jefferson added, “I can tell you from being in this league and having multiple Hall of Fame coaches that Ty is doing a very good job. He’s in a very difficult situation with a lot of young guys and a lot of injuries, and he’s doing a very, very good job, and I say that with the utmost confidence.” Deseret News

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"What we’re doing is expected," he said. "You have a young team, whose roles are expanding. When you have a veteran rearm that’s used to playing in May and June, you come in with a different mindset. You come in with: ‘Hey. Let’s get in shape. Let’s get healthy. Let’s get ready for that long haul.’ This team is more: ‘Let’s set the tone. Let’s start establishing great habits as we move into the future.’" Salt Lake Tribune

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