Richard Jefferson, Bucks Reportedly Have Mutual Interest Once SF Clears Waivers

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers' Richard Jefferson (24) dribbles toward the basket against the Indiana Pacers during the third quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Cleveland. The Pacers won 106-102. (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin)
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ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin reported Saturday that veteran forward Richard Jefferson and the Milwaukee Bucks have mutual interest in a contract once he clears waivers.

The Atlanta Hawks acquired Jefferson and guard Kay Felder in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday and immediately waived Jefferson.

Wojnarowski and McMenamin added that there are other teams interested in potentially signing Jefferson as well, although Milwaukee already has room on its roster after releasing guard Gerald Green.

The 37-year-old Jefferson would be a logical fit in Milwaukee for several reasons at this stage in his long and successful career.

Jefferson's last hugely productive campaign came in 2008-09, which was his only season with the Bucks during a previous stint in the organization.

He averaged 19.6 points per game that season and hasn't put up more than 12.3 in a single year since then.

Jefferson is also a former teammate of Bucks head coach Jason Kidd, as they played together for seven seasons with the New Jersey Nets and were key parts of two trips to the NBA Finals.

Perhaps most importantly, R.J. could be a mentor on a young and talented Bucks team that includes rising stars such as Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon.

Jefferson is coming off consecutive trips to the NBA Finals with the Cavs, including a championship in 2015-16.

Last season, Jefferson appeared in 79 games and averaged 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per contest, which suggests he could be a solid bench contributor for an up-and-coming Bucks team.