The Cleveland Cavaliers are in talks to send veteran forward Richard Jefferson and Kay Felder to the Atlanta Hawks, ESPN insider, Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Taking a shot at developing Felder's potential may have been worth it for the Hawks, but they're facing a roster crunch of their own, and still want to give most of their point guard minutes to Dennis Schroeder.
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. "He was the No. 54 pick of the 2016 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks and was acquired by the Cavaliers on draft night". Jefferson was set to earn $2.5 million this season and Felder $1.3 million.
The Hawks announced they were waiving both players.
Kay Felder, Cleveland's second-round pick in the 2016 National Basketball Association draft, will also be included in the deal.
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If the deal does indeed come to fruition, this year's Cavaliers squad will look much different than last year's iteration. Jefferson had already announced a retirement after winning the 2016 NBA Finals, although he ultimately went back on that to play another season.
The Hawks will send back the draft rights to Dimitrios Agravanis and Sergii Gladyr, according to a source. As he's gotten older and the Cavaliers have improved their roster, it was clear there were no spots for Jefferson in the rotation any more, and therefore he was the one to get the boot.
Jefferson also played for the Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz and the Dallas Mavericks. He appeared in 79 games and started 13.
Jefferson, 37, averaged 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds last season in his 16th National Basketball Association campaign.
Gladys is 6-5 and spent the past two seasons playing for the French club AS Monaco Basket.