Cory Jefferson knows part of being a professional basketball player is dealing with the business side of the game. So when news came down on Monday, he was not taken aback.
Jefferson was waived by the Nets, two days before Jefferson was due to receive $150,000 as a part of his partially guaranteed deal signed last summer.
“That’s all it is,” Jefferson said about being waived. “It’s what we’re here for, and at the same time, there’s a business aspect of it as well.”
Jefferson, a former Killeen High and Baylor University star, played in 50 games averaging 3.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in 10.6 minutes per contest. The Nets went 38-44 last season and reached the NBA playoffs before losing to the Atlanta Hawks in the first round.
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“I’ve actually known about this for awhile so it’s not a big surprise by now,” Jefferson said. “It’s really not too much of a big deal for me.”
Jefferson, a 6-foot-9, 218-pound power forward, was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the second round of the 2014 draft and had his rights traded to the Nets the following day.
His best game as a Net came when he scored 13 points and hauled in 12 rebounds in a 108-100 home loss against the Phoenix Suns on March 6. Jefferson had his first double-digit game as a professional when he put up 11 points in a 114-87 win at Charlotte.
“Now I’m just going around talking to teams and seeing who will be the best fit for me,” Jefferson said.
Jefferson first made a name for himself as a Kangaroo when he helped Killeen to three consecutive 30-win seasons. As a senior in 2008-09, Jefferson earned the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 4A Player of the Year honors.
He went on to star at Baylor where he averaged 13 points and eight rebounds as a senior and helped the Bears reach the Sweet 16 during the 2013-14 season.
Jefferson to hold camp at KHS
Jefferson’s representatives also released information about Jefferson’s inaugural Cory Jefferson Basketball Camp, open to children ages 7 to 17. The free camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Killeen High.
The camp will emphasize fundamentals such as shooting form and ball handling.
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