The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a 1-year $2.3 million contract with veteran forward Richard Jefferson, per Woj
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Denver Nuggets and Richard Jefferson have agreed to a 1-year $2.3M deal. The signing would push the Nuggets guaranteed contract count to 16.
Story on ESPN: Free agent Richard Jefferson agrees to deal with the Denver Nuggets. https://t.co/HK3JgkeCsu
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 16, 2017
According to Woj of ESPN, the Nuggets are likely to waive Jameer Nelson to make room for the NBA champion. Nelson was in the middle of a position battle in Denver but was not expected to start.
It’s been reported that between three to four teams were interested in Jefferson’s services. In an excerpt from Wojnarowski’s piece, he discusses the fit of Jefferson in Denver.
Jefferson was most recently traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Atlanta Hawks. Atlanta then waived Jefferson and absorbed the remainder of his salary. This will be Jefferson’s 16th season in the NBA.
The signing will give the Nuggets a veteran presence on their roster, which is something they lacked after the release of Mike Miller this past summer. Jefferson is coming off two good seasons with the Cavaliers, with one of those seasons resulting in an NBA championship in 2016. Playing in 79 games last season, Jefferson averaged 20 minutes, 5.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and one assist per game. Jefferson also averaged over 12 minutes off the bench during his two playoff runs with the Cavs.
The former Road Trippin’ podcast co-host has averaged double figures in 10 of his 16 NBA seasons. He’s a career 46 percent field goal shooter. He posses the ability to score beyond the three point line and is a career 37 percent shooter from deep with over 1,000 career three pointers made. He gives the Nuggets another small forward, which the team is in desperate need of.
Wilson Chandler is the Nuggets starting small forward, but beyond that, we’re not sure what the rotation will look like. Juancho Hernangomez projects to get most of the back-up small forward minutes, as well as Will Barton. But Barton left practice early on Monday with what looked to be an ankle injury. There’s no timetable for his return yet.
Malone says they think it is an ankle injury for Barton. Looked bad. Was in lots of pain.
— T.J. McBride (@TJMcBrideNBA) October 16, 2017