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CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 09: JR Smith #5, Iman Shumpert #4, LeBron James #23, James Jones #1, Deron Williams #31 and Richard Jefferson #24 of the Cleveland Cavaliers react in the third quarter after a play against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Richard Jefferson was traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Atlanta Hawks before the 2017-18 season started, but he was nearly traded last offseason after helping the Cavs win an NBA title.

First, Jefferson considered retiring in 2016. But he opted to re-sign with the Cavs, and played with the team last year. But before the season started and the team got their championship rings, Jefferson decided to reveal what the championship rings looked like on his Snapchat before the team wanted people to know what they looked like.

ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported that then Cavs general manager David Griffin was upset that Jefferson displayed the rings too early, and he wanted to trade him.

“Then he was nearly traded the summer after the championship because he revealed what the Cavs’ rings looked like on his Snapchat account before the team was ready to release them to the public,” McMenanmin said. “Then-GM David Griffin was so ticked that he was ready to ship him out of town, sources told ESPN, before eventually calming down and accepting Jefferson’s apology.”

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Now, neither Griffin nor Jefferson are in Cleveland. Griffin’s contract wasn’t renewed, and the team decided to trade Jefferson before the season started.

Jefferson was waived by the Atlanta Hawks, and he eventually signed with the Denver Nuggets.

Trading Jefferson for that reason would’ve been among the strangest reasons to trade someone in the history of the NBA. At least Griffin was able to calm down enough to keep Jefferson around for at least another season.

(h/t NBC Sports)

Cole Frederick About the author:
Cole Frederick is from a small town in Alabama, and he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism. He loves all sports - especially football and basketball - and quotes The Office frequently.
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