Newly crowned NBA champion Richard Jefferson may have been competing against Luke Walton and the Golden State Warriors over the last couple of weeks, though the 36-year-old has announced his retirement after winning his first ring and may be now looking to team up with the opposition.
According to former NBA assistant coach Dave Miller, Jefferson is “likely” to join Walton’s Los Angeles Lakers staff.
Walton and Jefferson go way back and have been good friends ever since they played together at the University of Arizona, so a pairing on the bench definitely makes a lot of sense.
Hearing Richard Jefferson is retiring..this would be another guy likely to join Luke Walton's staff…high defensive IQ which is much needed
— Dave Miller (@coachdavemiller) June 20, 2016
Aside from his high basketball IQ, Jefferson would also likely bring an extremely hands on approach to the job. He played a huge part in helping the Cleveland Cavaliers win these NBA Finals, and showed that he can still hold his own on the court, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see Jefferson working up a sweat during practice and pre-game situations.
The L.A. native would likely get on the court with the players often – much like Luke has been doing up in Oakland – which could be a huge help when it comes to the development of the younger guys, especially on the defensive end of the floor.