CLEVELAND - One of the most popular players on the Cleveland Cavaliers' time on the team has come to an end. The Cavs confirmed Saturday morning that they have finalized a deal to send veteran forward Richard Jefferson -- along with guard Kay Felder, two second-round picks, and cash considerations -- to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for the draft rights European porspects Dimitrios Agravanis and Sergiy Gladyr.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Hawks will release both Jefferson and Felder, although neither will be eligible to re-sign with Cleveland. According to multiple reports, the 37-year-old plans on continuing his 18-year playing career.
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.
After signing with the Cavs in 2015, Jefferson played a key as a reserve in Cleveland's championship run through the 2016 NBA Finals. In two seasons in Cleveland, the 6-foot-7 forward averaged 5.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.
Starting in January 2017, Jefferson has co-hosted the popular Road Trippin' podcast, alongside teammate Channing Frye and Fox Sports Ohio sideline reporter Allie Clifton. Jefferson, Frye and Clifton were slated to host a live version of the show at the Homage store at Crocker Park in Westlake on Saturday. No word yet on whether or not the show will go on as planned.
The Cavs selected Felder out of Oakland in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft. In 42 appearances with Cleveland last season, he averaged 4.0 points per game while also splitting time with the Canton Charge.
As for the prospects Cleveland received in the trade, Dimitrios Agravanis and Sergiy Gladyr were both drafted by the Hawks in the second round of the 2015 and 2009 drafts, respectively. Neither has yet played in the NBA, and Agravanis has averaged 4.0 points per game during his European career, with Gladyr averaging 9.2.
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