Richard Jefferson is used to playing for winners.
After spending his first seven seasons with the then New Jersey Nets, who were consistently in the mix to win the Eastern Conference, he spent a year with the Milwaukee Bucks before joining the San Antonio Spurs for less than two seasons. He was dealt to the Golden State Warriors, who won a playoff series last year, but was sent to the Utah Jazz in the offseason and had to suffer through a rebuilding season.
Although Jefferson has enjoyed his time in Utah, he wants to make another run at winning a title before he retires, if that is possible.
“I don’t know what the future holds,’’ Jefferson told Mike Sorensen of The Desert News. “I really enjoyed my time here — the fans here have been amazing. Obviously if I was going to continue in a rebuilding process, this would probably be my No. 1 choice.”
“When you get to be almost 34 years old, you do want to play in the playoffs,” he said. “If that opportunity doesn’t present itself, then being here in Utah with a great group of guys and a quality coaching staff and the amazing fans … that would be something that would be high on my list.’’
Jefferson averaged 10.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game the Jazz last season and perhaps most importantly, he played in all 82 games.