Richard Jefferson is hanging up the sneakers.
The 38-year-old swingman confirmed his retirement from the NBA Saturday in a social media post paying tribute to his late father, who died last month in a drive-by shooting:
Fresh off Arizona's loss to Duke in the 2001 national championship, Jefferson was drafted No. 13 overall by the Houston Rockets but was immediately dealt to the then-New Jersey Nets. There, he quickly established himself as a contributor and appeared in (and lost) back-to-back Finals in 2002 and 2003. Forming an effective triumvirate alongside Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin - later it was Kidd and Vince Carter - Jefferson's Nets made three more Eastern Conference finals before the team's core was dissolved after the 2007-08 season.
Thereafter, Jefferson bounced around the league, transitioning from a player who scored 22.6 points per game in 2007-08 into a veteran presence with the Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz, and Dallas Mavericks.
In 2015-16, at age 35, Jefferson returned to the Finals as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, playing 24 minutes per game in the team's historic series comeback win over the Warriors. It would be the first NBA Championship for both Jefferson and the Cavaliers franchise.
In all, Jefferson averaged 12.6 points, four rebounds, and two assists per game for his career, finishing just 96 total points shy of 15,000. He never made an All-Star team, but established himself as a vibrant character in the Association.