Dec 11, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Utah Jazz small forward Richard Jefferson (24) points to his teammates during the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena. The Utah Jazz defeated the Sacramento Kings 122-101. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Richard Jefferson: 'I have no loyalty'

Richard Jefferson has played is in his 13th season in the NBA, and he has never been a free agent. This summer, that will change, as Jefferson will become a unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career. He has played for five teams, and he once averaged 22 points per game in a season. He will have some value, so expect him to land on a team.

So where does Jefferson want to go? He told Sirius XM’s “Off the Dribble” that he will sign with a contender to chase a championship. On Friday night, he backed those comments up to the Salt Lake Tribune:

“I wouldn’t say I’m unapologetic, but who doesn’t want to win a championship?” Jefferson said when asked Friday about his comments to former NBA player and analyst Kenny Smith.

“If I get an opportunity to play for a championship team, I’m going to go hunting for that,” Jefferson, who believes he has two or three years left as a player, told Smith. “I have no loyalty. I’m not one of those guys that played for the same team for 15 years like a Reggie Miller, who has to decide whether or not he’s going to do that. No. I’m a gun for hire.”

He is shooting nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc, so if he can keep that up, I’m sure the Miami Heat will come calling. It will be interesting to see where he winds up, but there will be a market for the veteran’s services.

 

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