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AP source: Cleveland Cavaliers, Richard Jefferson agree to one-year deal

The Dallas Mavericks' Richard Jefferson looks on during

The Dallas Mavericks' Richard Jefferson looks on during a game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Philadelphia. Credit: AP / Matt Slocum

CLEVELAND - A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cavaliers and free agent forward Richard Jefferson have agreed to terms on a one-year contract for next season.

Jefferson, who came off the bench in Dallas last season, will receive the veteran's minimum salary, said the person who spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been signed.

The 35-year-old Jefferson averaged 5.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 17 minutes per game for the Mavericks. He shot a team-leading 43 percent from 3-point range. Jefferson was the No. 13 overall pick in the 2001 draft by Houston.

ESPN first reported the deal.

The Cavs are in the market for wing players like Jefferson. They remain interested in re-signing free agent J.R. Smith, who opted out of his contract this summer.

Also, Cleveland continues to have talks with restricted free agents Tristan Thompson and Matthew Dellavedova.


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