Mavericks get some SF help with Richard Jefferson


The Dallas Mavericks finally got some small forward help, but it wasn’t from Chandler Parsons or Lance Stephenson.

After losing out on Vince Carter, who went to the Memphis Grizzlies, the Mavs inked Richard Jefferson to a one-year minimum deal…via Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) and Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA).

The former teammate of Carter and Jason Kidd in New Jersey, Jefferson has traveled around, most recently playing for the Utah Jazz last season. Jefferson also played 2 1/2 years under Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs.

Last season, Jefferson played in 82 games and averaged 10 points while shooting 41 percent from three for the Jazz. Some may think it wasn’t a good move, but to get a 40-percent 3-point shooter to replace Vinsanity at a cheap price isn’t too shabby. As you can see, he lived off the corner three.

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His career 37.6% 3-pt shooting is the main reason he was brought in. It’s already been noted that the team views him as more of a Wayne Ellington replacement than a Carter replacement. The biggest reason for that is due to his lack of playmaking. He’s averaged 2.4 assist over his career, well below the 3.7 Carter has averaged during his Hall-of-Fame caliber career.

Carter signed with the Grizzlies for $4 million a year. Shawn Marion is still out there, but conflicting rumors have said that the Matrix would be willing to come back to Dallas because Cuban is like family, while others have said that Marion isn’t willing to become a reserve player.

Of course this all comes on the day where the Mavs could finally land Chandler Parsons. The Houston Rockets have until 11:01 p.m. local time before the offer sheet finally expires. If that fails, Lance Stephenson is fighting hard to become a Maverick. Other small forwards out there include Evan Turner and Al-Farouq Aminu.

With the team lacking depth, the team added a very affordable player to fill the bench.

Like Carter, Jefferson was once a high-flyer. Maybe he’ll be able to “rev” it up at times.

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