Storyline: Richard Jefferson Free Agency

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Free agency is just one part of the equation for the cap-strapped Cavaliers. There’s also the question about whether Richard Jefferson, who has teased fans about holding off retirement, will play one more year. Then, of course, Kevin Love’s future remains a constant talking point despite Tyronn Lue expressing his desire for the starting power forward to return. “I think our best basketball is in front of us because we finally organically grew to the point that we were ready to achieve something together,” Griffin said. “I expect you’re going to see better play from Kyrie Irving who I think took a huge jump as both an individual talent and a winner throughout these playoffs. I think Kevin’s fit with us is much more clearly defined. We intend to keep this group together and see what we’re capable of.”

Jefferson, who told Fox Sports Ohio’s Allie Clifton that he was retiring following the Cavaliers’ Game 7 victory celebration at Oracle Arena on Sunday night, was asked about his decision on Wednesday during the team’s championship rally in downtown Cleveland by Cavaliers play-by-play announcer, Fred McLeod. “You guys think I should play one more year?” he asked. The crowd cheered in response. “If you guys want me to play one more year, I’ll play one more year,” he said.
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