Richard Jefferson says he's not retiring and will be back with Cavs

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Thus far, the Cleveland Cavaliers' offseason has drawn more attention for the names that the team didn't land (Paul George and Chauncey Billups) than for the names that they did (Jose Calderon and Kyle Korver).

Now, Richard Jefferson, 37, announced he will return to the Cavs to play next season.

Had Jefferson retired, which he has openly flirted with in the aftermath of each of the past two seasons, the Cavs would only be able to fill his roster spot with all or part of the taxpayer's midlevel exception ($5.2 million) or with a veteran's minimum contract.

Jefferson appeared in 79 games for Cleveland during the regular season, averaging 5.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists on 44.6 percent shooting while serving as James' primary backup.

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