Richard Jefferson on retirement: ‘It’s not set in stone’

Wednesday June 22nd, 2016

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Despite announcing his retirement from the NBA following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA Finals victory, Richard Jefferson told the Dan Patrick Show that the decision might not be final.

“It’s not set in stone,” Jefferson said of his potential retirement, adding that LeBron James and his Cavaliers teammates have been trying to convince him to stay in the league.

Jefferson also said that when he asked new Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton about a job, Walton told him he would be an idiot if he retired and he “can’t have idiots” on his staff.

Jefferson, 36, has spent 15 seasons in the NBA. He played seven seasons with the New Jersey Nets and then went on to play for the Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks.

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Over the course of his career, Jefferson has averaged 13.3 points, 2.1 assists and 4.2 blocks per game.

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