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Report: Richard Jefferson could end up with the Bucks

Richard Jefferson

It may not take long before Richard Jefferson finds another team to latch on. The 37-year-old forward was recently waived by the Atlanta Hawks following a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers in what was clearly a salary-dump move by the latter.

A free agent by Monday, Jefferson is being reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski as someone the Milwaukee Bucks are having a keen eye on.

The Milwaukee Bucks have emerged as serious suitors in the pursuit of forward Richard Jefferson, league sources told ESPN.com.

No agreement has been reached, but the Bucks and Jefferson, 37, have mutual interest in a possible deal once Jefferson clears waivers on Monday, league sources said.

Despite his advanced age for an NBA player, Richard Jefferson still carries with him some intangible qualities teams like the Bucks might find useful. Jefferson has been in the league for 16 years and his experience could help nurture the growth of a young Milwaukee team.

It’s also worth noting that Bucks head coach Jason Kidd is very much familiar with Jefferson, as the two have played together during the best years of the New Jersey Nets franchise, helping the team win back-to-back Eastern Conference titles in the early 2000s.

Conversely, Milwaukee isn’t exactly a new environment for Jefferson, who played for the Bucks back in the 2008-09 season.

Jefferson played 79 games, starting in 13, and put up 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game for the Cavaliers.