The 2014 Free Agency period has been pretty quiet on the Richard Jefferson front. That being said, his name finally came up in reports on Sunday afternoon, and it appears that he has found a new home with the Dallas Mavericks.
Yahoo Sources: Free agent Richard Jefferson agrees to one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks. http://t.co/0c7DBAdupE
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 13, 2014
Jefferson will head to Dallas on a considerably cheaper deal than he is used to making. Jefferson is coming off the final year of his contract, which seen him make a little over $11 million. The one year deal with the Mavericks will be for the veteran minimum.
The addition of Jefferson to the Mavericks, gives them a veteran that can produce off the bench. Jefferson played last season with the Utah Jazz as a starter at the small forward position, averaging 10.1 points on 45.0% shooting from the field, and 40.9% shooting from three point range. With the Mavericks signing Houston Rockets restricted free agent, Chandler Parsons, to start at small forward, Jefferson becomes a legitimate back up to Parsons.
So far, Dallas has seemed to have a good free agency period. Things got started for them before the draft as they traded for point guard, Raymond Felton, and brought back big man, Tyson Chandler. The current Mavs rotation looks somewhat like this:
PG – Raymond Felton/Devin Harris
SG – Monta Ellis
SF – Chandler Parsons/Richard Jefferson
PF – Dirk Nowitzki
C – Tyson Chandler
They still need to add depth on their bench to be able to compete deep into the playoffs this upcoming season, but the addition of Richard Jefferson is a nice pick up for that specific reason.