The Scoop:"There were other teams that tried to dangle more money or more opportunity for starting or to play a ton more, but at this point in time I just want to win," Jefferson said at Mavericks media day on Monday. "We have a chance here. Obviously you need to be lucky. You need things to go the right way, have the ball bounce your way, but I believe this was my best chance to win and win now." Jefferson also stated he will help mentor Chandler Parsons, and while he'll be a good guy to have in the locker room, he doesn't belong on a fantasy squad in almost any league.
The Dallas Mavericks have signed free agent forward Richard Jefferson as a possible replacement for Vince Carter off the bench. Jefferson started 78 games for Utah last year but figures to be used as a 3-point threat coming off the bench. The 34-year-old Jefferson has averaged 14.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in a 13-year career that started in New Jersey, where he went to the NBA Finals twice with Jason Kidd and Carter.
The Scoop:It's just a one-year, $1.4 million deal and won't affect their cap. Jefferson was a liability for the Jazz last season. Among small forwards playing in more than 15 games and 15 minutes per game, he ranked dead last in defensive efficiency. He won't be able to match his 27 minutes per game from last season.