Richard Jefferson is officially coming back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team officially announced the move in a press release.
"RJ’s versatility on the court and leadership off it were core parts of our identity and success last year,” said Cavs GM David Griffin per the release. “In many respects, his impact was greater as the stakes got higher. His NBA Finals performance is a testament to his dedicated, steady approach and his presence in our locker room throughout the year and postseason cannot be overstated. We’re very thankful he decided to continue his career and we know that his teammates appreciate what he brings to this team at a very deep level.”
Jefferson also posted a picture to his SnapChat story that he has re-signed:
Richard Jefferson confirmed his return on Snapchat. He remains the best. pic.twitter.com/q1XpYy5ceX— FearTheSword (@FearTheSword) July 28, 2016
Right after the Cavs won the title, Jefferson announced that he was going to retire, but he walked back a few days later at Cleveland’s title parade when the fans asked him to come back. Soon after, it was reported that Jefferson was indeed planning on coming back and wants to play 2-3 more years. The Cavs did not disclose the length or value of his contract, but it was previously reported that he was going to sign a two-year deal worth about $5 million. Jefferson originally announced on SnapChat on July 6 that he was returning to the Cavs on a two-year deal.
Last season, Jefferson averaged 5.5 points per game during the regular season playing a small role. During the playoffs, however, Jefferson become a vital part of the Cavs’ title run. In 21 playoff games, Jefferson averaged 5.4 points while playing 18.1 minutes per game. He largely functioned as a small-ball four next to LeBron James at the three.
With Jefferson re-signed, the Cavs now have to finish deals with LeBron, J.R. Smith and rookie Kay Felder before the summer is complete.