Almost immediately after announcing his retirement during the Cleveland Cavaliers’ title celebration, Richard Jefferson began to have second thoughts.
RJ’s teammates want him to come back next season, and the 15-year veteran reportedly hopes to play for a few more years.
The 36-year-old appeared in 74 games in 2015-16.
Jefferson, 36, played 74 games for the Cavaliers last season, averaging 5.5 points per game. His role increased in the NBA Finals when he stepped in for an injured Kevin Love in Game 3 and posted nine points and eight rebounds in Cleveland’s 120-90 win.
Jefferson has proven to be durable late in his career, playing at least 74 games in each of the last three seasons. Cleveland is expected to try to re-sign him, while Jefferson is a strong candidate to land a lucrative, short-term deal from a team in need of reaching the salary-cap floor.
Jefferson was the 13th selection in the 2001 NBA draft, playing 15 seasons with New Jersey, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Golden State, Utah, Dallas and Cleveland. He’s averaged 13.3 points and 4.2 rebounds for his career.