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Nuggets also in the running for Richard Jefferson’s services

Richard Jefferson

The Denver Nuggets are the latest proponents adding themselves to the race for soon-to-be-free-agent forward Richard Jefferson after the Milwaukee Bucks showed some interest last week, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Jefferson was recently waived by the Atlanta Hawks alongside second-year point guard Kay Felder, after the two were traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. Both are expected to clear waivers at 5 p.m. ET today.

While the Bucks have been the most aggressive team trying to recruit Jefferson, they are now rivaled by a new-look Nuggets squad, hoping to have a veteran influence to help anchor their budding youth. There are believed to be between three to four teams serious about signing the 37-year-old forward, league sources told ESPN.

The Nuggets have 15 contracts under guarantee and would be forced to clear a spot for Richard Jefferson, if they reach an agreement.

Nuggets president and governor Josh Kroenke enjoys a strong friendship with Jefferson, and the former Cavalier could become yet another mentorship asset for a team trying to reach the Western Conference playoffs.

Richard Jefferson averaged 5.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game last season, his 16th in the league and second overall.