A valued member of the Cleveland Cavaliers during their title run in 2016, forward Richard Jefferson is on the verge of entering the next chapter in his basketball journey.
After playing in the NBA for 16 years, Jefferson is set to enter the world of media full-time after briefly joining the Cavs broadcast team during the playoffs last season. According to Nets Daily, Jefferson is expected to join YES Network’s Brooklyn Nets coverage next season.
Last week, Andrew Marchand of the Post reported that several TV outlets were interested in hiring Richard Jefferson as a game analysts, listing YES, ESPN and the Clippers as the top three.
Now, league sources tell NetsDaily that unless RJ gets an offer to play another year, he will be joining the YES Network, doing both game analysis and studio work on broadcasts of Nets games.
Though Richard Jefferson appears headed towards a future in the booth, his focus remains on playing the game of basketball, for now. He says he still hopes to sign somewhere ahead of this upcoming season.
In talking to Marchand last week, Jefferson said “I’m a basketball player until I am not a basketball player, My goal is to play basketball this season.” But NBA training camps open next week and it’s unlikely Jefferson will be suiting up with any team.
However, with not much interest in his aging skillset, all signs point to Jefferson announcing the Nets game against the Detroit Pistons on opening day.
Jefferson spent a large portion of his career in a Nets uniform, suiting up for them over the span of seven seasons. He enjoyed the best season of his career during his last season with the club in 2007, posting per-game averages of 22.6 points to go along with 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists.