Sources: Bucks, Nuggets emerge as top suitors to sign veteran Richard Jefferson
The Bucks and Nuggets have shown serious interest in signing Richard Jefferson. AP

RICHARD Jefferson found himself wanted after getting traded away by the Cleveland Cavaliers just as the new NBA season opens.

Jefferson got waived by the Atlanta Hawks after completing the deal with the Cavs on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time). But sources within the NBA told ESPN on Sunday (Monday, Manila time) that around three to four teams are serious in signing the veteran forward.

The Milwaukee Bucks first emerged as the top suitors in trying to sign Jefferson after he clears waivers on Monday. The Bucks, coached by Jefferson’s former teammate Jason Kidd, has even cleared a roster spot in waiving Gerald Green on Saturday.

But aside from the Bucks, the Denver Nuggets have also shown significant interest in tapping the services of the 37-year-old forward to add another veteran influence to a young team looking to reach the playoffs in a loaded Western Conference.

The Nuggets, though, have to clear a spot in the roster if they want to lure Jefferson, as they already have 15 guaranteed contracts.

Jefferson has played for 16 seasons in the NBA, with career average of 12.8 points. He won a title with the Cavs in 2016 and averaged 5.7 points in 20 minutes last season in Cleveland.

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