The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed in principle to send forward Richard Jefferson, guard Kay Felder, two second-round draft picks and $3 million to the Atlanta Hawks, league sources told ESPN. The 2019 pick will be the lesser pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers that had been owed to the Cavaliers, and the 2020 pick is from the Portland Trail Blazers.
Jefferson spent the previous two seasons with the Cavaliers, playing in 153 games (18 starts) with averages of 5.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 19.2 minutes.
For the Cavs, the trade trims to their roster to the necessary 15-player limit before their season opener against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. The Hawks will send back European draft rights as part of the deal, according to Wojnarowski. It's a purely salary cap saving maneuver for the Cavaliers, who are well over the salary cap and paying exponential luxury tax penalties. 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. As he's gotten older and the Cavaliers have improved their roster, it was clear there were no spots for Jefferson in the rotation any more, and therefore he was the one to get the boot. Lil Kev was an advertisement cutout that Jefferson thought resembled Love and made into the team's unofficial mascot during last year's championship run.
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Jefferson appeared in 35 postseason games for Cleveland.