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02:44 PM ET 05.29 | Despite nearing the apparent end of his usefulness in the NBA, Golden State Warriors small forward Richard Jefferson will continue to be paid quite handsomely next season. In a completely unsurprising move, the veteran wing will exercise his $11.05 million player option for 2013-14 before next month's deadline, making him one of the team's highest-paid players on the team despite rarely playing. Once a dynamic athlete and scorer, Jefferson averaged just 3.1 points in 10.1 minutes per game this season with the Warriors while being relegated primarily to garbage minutes. With 2012 first round pick Harrison Barnes emerging as a possible star at small forward, Jefferson likely won't see a larger role in Golden State any time soon. On the open market, the 32-year-old would presumably have had a tough time landing a significant role, let alone a salary remotely close to what he'll bank by staying by the bay.

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May 29, 2013  02:51 PM ET

Despite nearing the apparent end of his usefulness in the NBA...

Nearing???



This dude was done in S.A.

May 29, 2013  03:39 PM ET

He was done in Jersey!

May 29, 2013  04:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He was done in Jersey!

Really? Averaging about 23 ppg and he was......"done"?

May 29, 2013  05:05 PM ET

Probably one of the most frustrating players for fans to watch. When he was in SA, he would be on the floor 30+mins. A decent defender and some games he would shoot well and rack up some points. But most games he had incredibly low #s, especially boards. It was like he wasn't trying.

At any rate, the consolation for GS is they got the Spurs #1 pick last year when they got RJ, which they turned into Ezeli.

May 29, 2013  08:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Probably one of the most frustrating players for fans to watch. When he was in SA, he would be on the floor 30+mins. A decent defender and some games he would shoot well and rack up some points. But most games he had incredibly low #s, especially boards. It was like he wasn't trying. At any rate, the consolation for GS is they got the Spurs #1 pick last year when they got RJ, which they turned into Ezeli.

That's because for some strange reason, RJ lost confidence in his "A" game, which is driving to the basket, get fouled or finish strong at the rim. Instead he became a stagnant jump shooter which really was never his strong suit. Yes he can make that occasional 3, but he just did ONLY that in SA. I'm not sure why the change, perhaps injuries. But right now, he is a perfect amnesty candidate for GSW.

May 29, 2013  08:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

That's because for some strange reason, RJ lost confidence in his "A" game, which is driving to the basket, get fouled or finish strong at the rim. Instead he became a stagnant jump shooter which really was never his strong suit. Yes he can make that occasional 3, but he just did ONLY that in SA. I'm not sure why the change, perhaps injuries. But right now, he is a perfect amnesty candidate for GSW.

Golden State can't use the amnesty clause on him or Andris Biedrins. Golden State used the amnesty clause on Charlie Bell.

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May 29, 2013  09:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

That's because for some strange reason, RJ lost confidence in his "A" game, which is driving to the basket, get fouled or finish strong at the rim. Instead he became a stagnant jump shooter which really was never his strong suit. Yes he can make that occasional 3, but he just did ONLY that in SA. I'm not sure why the change, perhaps injuries. But right now, he is a perfect amnesty candidate for GSW.

His drop in rebounds is what I think hurt him the most. He did not drive on offense, but he improved his 3pt shooting when he was with the Spurs.

Also, as eddie says, he can't be ac'd. GS used their AC already. And even if they hadn't, because RJ was traded to GS after the new cba, he can't be ac'd.

May 29, 2013  09:29 PM ET

This should shock absolutely nobody.

 
May 29, 2013  09:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

That's because for some strange reason, RJ lost confidence in his "A" game, which is driving to the basket, get fouled or finish strong at the rim. Instead he became a stagnant jump shooter which really was never his strong suit. Yes he can make that occasional 3, but he just did ONLY that in SA. I'm not sure why the change, perhaps injuries. But right now, he is a perfect amnesty candidate for GSW.

Nope. They used it on Charlie Bell.

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