GM: Jefferson helps shape Cavs’ identity

Richard Jefferson will be back for another run with the Cavaliers.
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Richard Jefferson played a vital role in reserve during the Cavaliers’ sprint to the NBA championship.

He has been re-signed to likely again come off the bench behind small forward LeBron James, and occasionally, fill in for power forward Kevin Love

Below is the Cavs’ official release announcing the Jefferson signing.


CLEVELAND – The 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers have re-signed forward Richard Jefferson, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced Thursday from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Per league and team policy, terms of the contract were not released.

“RJ’s versatility on the court and leadership off it were core parts of our identity and success last year,” said Griffin. “In many respects, his impact was greater as the stakes got higher.

His NBA Finals performance is a testament to his dedicated, steady approach and his presence in our locker room throughout the year and postseason cannot be overstated.

“We’re very thankful he decided to continue his career and we know that his teammates appreciate what he brings to this team at a very deep level.”

Jefferson (6-7, 233) appeared in 74 games (five starts) during the 2015-16 regular season, averaging 5.5 points on .458 shooting from the field and 1.7 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game.

Over his 15-year career, he has played in 1,082 games (796 starts) with New Jersey (currently Brooklyn), Milwaukee, San Antonio, Golden State, Utah, Dallas and Cleveland, averaging 13.3 points on .464 shooting from the field, 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 30.1 minutes per game.

Jefferson played in 21 contests (two starts) during the Cavaliers’ championship run in the 2016 Playoffs, averaging 5.4 points on .524 shooting from the field and 3.5 rebounds in 18.1 minutes per game.

In his 126 career playoff games (75 starts), which includes three NBA Finals appearances, he has averaged 11.6 points on .474 shooting, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 29.0 minutes per game.