Mutual interest reportedly exists between the Milwaukee Bucks and Richard Jefferson, who was traded from Cleveland to Atlanta and immediately waived by the Hawks.
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Jefferson, 37, was an integral part of the Cavs’ 2016 championship squad.
The Bucks released Gerald Green, clearing a roster spot that could be used to ink Jefferson.
Milwaukee is $2.5 million below the luxury tax threshold. Jefferson’s minimum veterans’s salary is $2.3 million — with a $1.5 million salary cap hit. If the Bucks claimed Jefferson off waivers, his salary would put the team $5,000 over the luxury tax.
Jefferson has a strong history with Bucks coach Jason Kidd. They played together for seven seasons, including two trips to the NBA Finals, with the Nets. Jefferson has played 16 NBA seasons — including with the Bucks in 2008-09 — averaging 12.8 points for his career. He was part of the Cavaliers’ 2016 NBA championship team, and he averaged 5.7 points in 20 minutes per game for Cleveland in 2016-17.
Milwaukee has been working to trade several players to clear salary-cap space, including guard Rashad Vaughn and center John Henson, league sources said. The Bucks have been willing to attach a second-round pick in offers for Vaughn, league sources said.