There’s a reason the Cavaliers kept bringing Richard Jefferson back — he was beloved in the locker room. He made some plays, too (you can’t have enough wing defenders if the target is Golden State), but it was chemistry that mattered most. Eventually, the finances caught up with the Cavaliers — they traded Jefferson to the Hawks in a salary dump — but if there was a way they would have kept him.
You could get a sense of that locker room love Kevin Love‘s goodbye to RJ, put on Instagram.
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The Triangle will never be the same!!! 📐 So much can be said about RJ…but the truth is we would never have been able to celebrate our 2016 Championship without the contributions of RJ and what he brought on and off the floor. He always stepped up to make our team better. Yeah, he can be a f*cking idiot sometimes but he was instrumental in making our team a family. Will miss going to war with you…and 💩ing on Channing!!! Brotherhood!!!
That is awesome.
It’s that locker room leadership that has the Bucks chasing Jefferson hard.