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Knicks Deny Offering Nets Broadcaster Richard Jefferson Contract Before Retiring

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2019

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04: Richard Jefferson of the Brooklyn Nets  before the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Barclays Center on November 04, 2019 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Matteo Marchi/Getty Images)
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The New York Knicks are in last place in the Eastern Conference standings but first place in trying to get the last word in with broadcasters.

During Sunday's broadcast of the Knicks' third straight loss—this one to the Brooklyn NetsRichard Jefferson said he knew it was time to retire when New York was the one team that was interested in him as a player. Jefferson walked away from the game following the 2017-18 campaign.

Richard Jefferson @Rjeff24

Joking? 🤔 https://t.co/4DY7gtfDpn

The Knicks public relations team was not about to let that go without a response and tweeted the following Monday: "For clarification purposes, it is not true that the New York Knicks offered Richard Jefferson a contract in either the summer of 2018 or 2019."

Jefferson appeared to find the entire thing amusing, as did his former team:

Richard Jefferson @Rjeff24

2020 here we come #comeback 😂 https://t.co/xh8iU3ydM0

Richard Jefferson @Rjeff24

I’m thinking about running for Mayor of NYC next! Think I have a chance?

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Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs

For clarification purposes, it is true that Richard Jefferson became a Champion of Cleveland in the summer of 2016. 🏆 https://t.co/w2MoTGnUb8

The University of Arizona product played 17 seasons in the NBA and was a key contributor to the 2015-16 Cleveland Cavaliers team that won the championship. While he averaged just 1.5 points a night in 20 games during the 2017-18 season on the Denver Nuggets, the Knicks could have probably used his help the following year.

New York went just 17-65 in 2018-19, which was the worst record in the league by multiple games. It is right on track for another lost season in 2019-20 at 4-13 and likely wouldn't be any worse off with Jefferson serving as a veteran leader on the team.

bluewirepods @bluewirepods

Another banner achievement for the New York Knicks https://t.co/Zl7l7U3sl5

Jefferson—whether joking or not—didn't sound like someone anxious to lace it up in the Big Apple.

Good thing for him the Knicks were so adamant they don't want him.

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