Cavaliers in talks to send Richard Jefferson to Hawks
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Oct 15, 2017,
Oct 15, 2017, 0:37
Sources said the draft picks going to Atlanta are 2019 and 2020 second-rounders and that the Hawks will send back European draft rights for two players in the deal.
The Hawks own the draft rights to five players who are now in European leagues. Jefferson was set to earn $2.5 million this season and Felder $1.3 million.
Jefferson will become a free agent and it will be very interesting where is the next destination for him.
It's a logical move for the Cavaliers, who needed to shed at least one guaranteed contract prior to Tuesday's season opener against the Boston Celtics.
The Cavaliers are not able to re-sign Jefferson for a calendar year, meaning that the 37-year-old could decide to retire.More news: Mild weekend with a chance of rain Sunday
As for the Hawks, neither Jefferson nor Felder appear long for Atlanta. The Cavs had to get to 15 players on their roster, and this move also reportedly saves them $12.8 million in luxury tax bills.
Appearing in 79 games a season ago, Jefferson averaged 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three in 20.4 minutes per game.
"R.J. embodies all of the things you could want in a veteran player and teammate", Cavs' general manager Koby Altman said. Felder, 22, was a second-round draft pick in 2016.
Jefferson, 37, in his 17th National Basketball Association season, played for the Cavs for two years and played a key supporting role in the 2016 championship. Gladyr played for the Hawks in the NBA Summer League in 2010 and 2013 but he did not make the team. He started in Game 3 of the 2016 National Basketball Association finals in place of the injured Kevin love and provide nine points and eight rebounds in 33 minutes of play that helped the Cavs get their first win of the series.