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Richard Jefferson Says He Decided To Retire When The Knicks Offered Him A Contract

(via The Sports Fan Journal)

(via The Sports Fan Journal)

Former NBA veteran Richard Jefferson has made his rounds around the NBA. After stints in Jersey, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Golden State, Utah, Dallas, Cleveland, and Denver, he finally decided to call it quits in 2018 at the age of 37.

One team that he never played for? The New York Knicks. But it's apparently not for lack of trying on their part.

According to Jefferson himself, the Knicks were the only team that offered him a deal that summer. He chose retirement instead.

Yeah, Jefferson doesn't mince words here. He made it clear that he just wasn't willing to play for the Knicks.

With them being one of the most valuable franchises in the NBA, it really makes you wonder how bad their management messing things up. In the league's biggest market, in the country's most famous arena, the Knicks should be a team that players flock to play for.

Instead, their dysfunctional leadership core and embarrassing franchise history have become turn-offs to stars and role players who might otherwise have some interest in signing there.

This season is proving no different. They are off to a 4-12 to start the year, and they created more drama in the media when reports surfaced that president Steve Mills was laying the groundwork for the firing of head coach David Fizdale.

Considering the misdirection of the franchise, it's understandable why Jefferson would want to stay far away.