Richard Jefferson announces retirement after 15-year career

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After the Cavaliers’ NBA Finals victory, veteran forward Richard Jefferson announced his retirement plans.

“I am retiring. I am retiring,” Jefferson said, in an interview with Fox Sports Ohio. He said as much later in the Cavaliers’ postgame celebration, adding, “I need a cigar.”

Jefferson, a first-round pick of the Rockets, just finished his 15th season in the league. He started Game 3 of the Finals, playing 33 minutes in place of Kevin Love and played a big role in the team’s series victory.

Jefferson, who turns 36 on Tuesday, began his career in New Jersey with the Nets, before spending time with the Bucks, Spurs, Warriors, Jazz and Mavericks. 

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