Mar 31, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert (21) defends Utah Jazz forward Richard Jefferson (24) during the first quarter at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks Signing Richard Jefferson To One-Year Deal

With the departures of Vince Carter and Wayne Ellington, the Dallas Mavericks needed to add depth at the wings. According to reports, the team has agreed on a one-year, minimum contract with forward Richard Jefferson.

Jefferson, 34, spent last season with the Utah Jazz. he averaged 10.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, and shot 40.9% from behind the arc last season.

The team is still waiting on the Rockets’ decision on whether or not to match for small forward Chandler Parsons.

If Parsons does land in Dallas, Jefferson will be coming off of the Mavs bench. If Parsons does not land in Dallas, we should expect the Mavs to continue to explore other small forward options, as Jefferson isn’t viewed as starting caliber player at this point of his career.

Either way, Jefferson should be expected to fill a similar but smaller role left behind by Carter, who he played with in New Jersey.

The 13th overall selection during the 2001 holds career averages of 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and has shot 37.6% from three. He’s played with the New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, and the Jazz.

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