“The Spurs organization really uses their development program and people are watching what’s going on every day in the D-League,” Jefferson said. “That’s really encouraging. You know if you keep working, your opportunity will be there. If I don’t get a call-up today, all right, that’s fine. Tomorrow’s a new day.”
Jefferson wanted to stay in the states to prove himself instead, to prove he could make it in the NBA. Even if that meant extended time in the D-League. “It might have been a gamble to go to the D-League, but you have to believe in yourself,” Jefferson said. “I chose to bet on myself and I know I can add to an NBA roster.”
San Antonio selected him with the last pick in that June’s NBA Draft, No. 60 overall, a pick that was traded to Brooklyn that night. Almost three years later, Jefferson in an All-Star in a Spurs jersey – an Austin Spurs jersey. Leading the Austin in total points and rebounds this season, Jefferson will play in the 2017 D-League All-Star Game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday on NBA TV. “I probably thought I was going to San Antonio for a few seconds on draft night before my agent told me I was in a trade,” Jefferson said. “If I could actually be a Spur some day, that would be everything coming full circle and a dream come true.”
Dave McMenamin: The Cavs have released Cory Jefferson, Markel Brown and Jonathan Holmes according to a league source.
David 'Dubi' Pick: Source: Cory Jefferson agreed to deal with Cavaliers. Hearing Eric Moreland is also a training camp target.
Alex Kennedy: If you missed it, Clippers' recent free agent mini-camp included Russ Smith, Cory Jefferson, Khem Birch, Malcolm Thomas, Will Cummings, etc.
The Phoenix Suns announced today they have signed forward Cory Jefferson to a 10-day contract. Jefferson began the season with the Suns, seeing action in six games with the team.
Shams Charania: The Suns plan to re-sign forward Cory Jefferson on a 10-day contract, league sources tell Yahoo. Jefferson started season with Phoenix.
May 13, 2021 | 9:32 pm EDT Update
Brian Robb: Celtics have officially locked up the No. 7 seed in East with losses tonight by Hornets and Pacers. They will host No. 8 seed on Tuesday night at Garden in play-in tournament.
Scott Agness: Bucks continue their dominance over the Pacers, winning 142-133. Pacers severely undermanned. T.J. McConnell scored a career-high 23pts. JHoliday (had his best offensive night as a Pacer: 26pts, 8 made 3s. Giannis with 40/15. Up next: vs Lakers on Sat.
Law Murray: 113-90 Clippers win in Charlotte means that Phoenix won’t be clinching the division tonight. Clippers in Houston tomorrow. They’re done with the Eastern Conference… unless they win the Western Conference Finals.
Mirjam Swanson: Nic Batum on Ty’s insistence that he let it fly: “I just let the game come to me, I just try to make the right play… I don’t try to force. I haven’t shot in five minutes, I have to take a shot. No.”
May 13, 2021 | 9:13 pm EDT Update
Last week, The Post reported that Webber’s return for next year was very much in question. There had been no contract negotiations. There was a feeling that TNT did not want him back and maybe he didn’t want to return.
Nick Friedell: JTA: “I’m a Warrior for life. Regardless if I’m here the rest of my career or I’m just here for another year, this is always going to be a part of my heart and a part of me…I grew up idolizing Larry Hughes, now I get to play with Stephen Curry.”