Fresh after being crowned the 2015-16 NBA Champions, Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Richard Jefferson announced his retirement. He told reporters from FOX Sports Ohio that “I’m done. I’m done,” then finished by asking for a cigar.
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) June 20, 2016
After spending three years at the University of Arizona, Jefferson was selected 13th overall by the Houston Rockets but then traded to the New Jersey Nets with Jason Collins and Brandon Armstrong for Eddie Griffin.
The 35-year-old spent his first seven seasons in New Jersey and became a huge piece of the three-headed monster that included Jason Kidd and Vince Carter. He had his best seasons there, including going to the Finals in 2003 and averaging a career-high 22.6 points per game in 2007-08 before being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons.
He spent one year in Wisconsin before bouncing around between the San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz, and Dallas Mavericks before playing this year in Cleveland.