As teams look to finalize their rosters before the start of the season, the Cleveland Cavaliers had some tough decisions to make. 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. Jefferson, 37, is on the hook for $2.5 million this season.
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. Jefferson's excellent presence in the Cavs locker room culminated in the creation of the Road Trippin' podcast featuring Jefferson, teammate Channing Frye, and Fox Sports Ohio reporter Allie Clifton.
Appearing in 79 games a season ago, Jefferson averaged 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three in 20.4 minutes per game. He was the No. 54 pick of the 2016 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks and was acquired by the Cavaliers on draft night.
"I'm sacrificing my way out of here", said Jefferson after Frye mentioned the sacrifices he and Jefferson made last season after being part of a championship team the previous season.
As for the Hawks, neither Jefferson nor Felder appear long for Atlanta.
Derrick Rose, who joined the team this offseason, said he was unaware Jefferson and Felder had been traded.