Jefferson is expected to sign with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association, Jordan Guskey of the Indianapolis Star reports.
Jefferson was recently let go by the Pacers after playing just 36 games in his 14th NBA season. After failing to drum up much interest as a free agent, Jefferson has opted to head overseas where he may have received a more lucrative contract. Despite signing in China, the 6-foot-10 big man could try and latch on with an NBA contender following the completion of his international season, though Jefferson hasn't stated anything quite yet indicating that's his plan.
Jefferson was released by the Pacers on Monday, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Jefferson's contract for the upcoming campaign wasn't fully guaranteed, so the Pacers are able to save roughly $6 million by letting him go. The 14-year veteran spent the last two seasons in Indiana, but played just 36 games this past year and averaged 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds across 13.4 minutes. He should get a look as a veteran mentor elsewhere in the league, though he's highly unlikely to become a viable fantasy option no matter where he lands.
Jefferson scored 10 points (4-11 FG, 2-2 FT) to go with nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 26 minutes during Saturday's 109-102 loss to Washington.
Receiving his first start of the season, Jefferson responded by coming within a rebound of his second double-double of the season. Limited to 32 games this season, the center has hardly set the world on fire by averaging 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds this season. However, Jefferson made the most of the collective absence of Domantas Sabonis (ankle) and Myles Turner (ankle) on Saturday. It remains to be seen if either player will return to the lineup in time for Monday's game against the Lakers. If one or neither Sabonis or Turner is active, Jefferson should again see increased playing time.
Jefferson will start at center for Saturday's matchup against the Wizards due to the absence of Myles Turner (ankle), Clifton Brown of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Jefferson got extended run Thursday against Toronto, as the Pacers were missing Domantas Sabonis (ankle) and Turner suffered his injury. Jefferson played 25 minutes and produced 20 points, 12 boards, two assists, one steal and one block. He should be in line for a similar workload, if not more, Saturday.
Jefferson provided 20 points (9-15 FG, 2-3 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 25 minutes during a 106-99 loss to the Raptors on Thursday.
Jefferson, who hadn't scored a point since mid-February, got red hot Thursday for 20 points and 12 rebounds, which were both season highs. It also marked his first double-double of the entire season. Jefferson benefited from the absence of Domantas Sabonis (ankle) and Myles Turner (ankle). As long as at least one of those two remains out of the lineup, Jefferson will likely see an increased role.
Jefferson turned in 13 points (6-7 FG, 1-1 FT), three rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in eight minutes during Wednesday's 108-103 win over the Nets.
Jefferson earned the least amount of playing time among the nine Pacers who saw the floor. However, the 33-year-old veteran simply couldn't be stopped during his brief stint on the court, managing his fifth double-digit scoring effort through 29 appearances this season. Moreover, Jefferson has recorded two rejections in each of the last two games. He's making the most of the minutes leftover by starting center Myles Turner and backup Domantas Sabonis, but Jefferson is a shell of his former self at this stage of his career.
Jefferson supplied 10 points (5-9 FG), seven rebounds, one assist and two steals across 19 minutes in Sunday's 120-97 win over the Suns.
The veteran big man has been productive in his last two games, averaging 9.0 points (on 56.3 percent shooting), 5.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals across 17 minutes. Jefferson has seen action in three straight games overall with Myles Turner (elbow) sidelined, but he'd logged DNP-CDs for all but three contests since Nov. 12 prior to the current stretch. Consequently, his fantasy value is nearly non-existent whenever Turner is available.
Jefferson contributed 19 points (7-10 FG, 5-5 FT), six rebounds, two assists and one steal across 22 minutes during a 114-97 loss to the Pistons on Wednesday.
Jefferson's 19 points marked a season high as he received an increased workload off the bench. If Domantas Sabonis (calf) misses any more time, Jefferson would continue to be one of the main beneficiaries. If given enough minutes, Jefferson has a good track record of being able to provide points and rebounds. But he likely won't be filling up stat sheets soon, unless the team suffers numerous injuries.
Jefferson registered four points (2-8 FG), eight rebounds, three blocks, two assists, and one steal in 18 minutes during Tuesday's 101-83 win over the Kings.
Jefferson continues to play well off the bench, contributing averages of 7.5 points (50.0 FG, 71.4 FT), 5.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 blocks, and 0.7 steals in 16.5 minutes through six appearances. With that being said, Myles Turner (concussion), who has already been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers, is progressing toward his return, and Jefferson did not see the floor in the season opener when Turner poured in 21 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks, and two assists in 34 minutes. Once the Pacers are at full strength, Jefferson is not likely to be much of a factor in fantasy, so enjoy his modest production while it lasts.
Pacers head coach Nate McMillan hinted that Jefferson would likely start at center in Monday's preseason game against the Pistons, Scott Agness of VigilantSports.com reports.
The Pacers will rest four of their regular starters -- including big men Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young -- Monday, paving the way for Jefferson to receive his largest workload of the exhibition schedule after he was limited to a combined 18 minutes over the Pacers' first two preseason tilts. Though the 32-year-old likely won't be on tap for much more than a 15-to-20-minute role once the regular season arrives and Turner is back in the lineup, Jefferson could be an appealing DFS choice for the Monday slate due to the lack of competition for playing time. Even in his limited role last season, Jefferson was still a high-usage player when he was on the floor, averaging 8.1 points to go with 4.2 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per contest.
Jefferson (ankle) is not listed on the injury report for Game 2 against the Cavaliers on Monday.
Jefferson entered Game 1 on Saturday with a questionable designation, but never ended up seeing the floor, although it's unclear if that was injury related or if it was a matchup-based decision. That fact that he's not listed on the injury report for Monday means he should be available off the bench, but it remains to be seen if he'll get any minutes, so it may be a situation to avoid for the time being. Kevin Seraphin has been the main beneficiary of Jefferson's minutes for the duration of his absence.
Jefferson (ankle) is considered questionable for Saturday's playoff opener against the Cavaliers.
Jefferson has been sidelined for Indiana's last eight games due to complications from a sprained left ankle. Although the big man is thought to be edging closer to his return, it remains to be seen whether he'll finally be available again Saturday. While Jefferson's status will have to be monitored in advance of tipoff, Kevin Seraphin figures to remain a part of the Pacers' rotation if Jefferson is unable to play.
Jefferson (ankle) will not play in Wednesday's matchup against the Hawks, Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press reports.
Jefferson was downgraded to doubtful earlier in the day, so this status update comes as no surprise. The Pacers are still battling for one of the final spots in the playoffs, so the veteran would likely suit up if he could go. Look for Kevin Seraphin to see an increased role off the bench providing depth at center with Jefferson sidelined.
Jefferson (ankle) has been downgraded to doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Hawks, Nate Taylor of the Indianapolis Star reports.
Jefferson hasn't seen the court in eight straight contests while dealing with a left ankle sprain and his status for Wednesday's contest doesn't seem like a step in the right direction for him and the Pacers, who are at risk of missing the postseason Wednesday. If he ends up being sidelined, expect Kevin Seraphin to continue serving as backup to starting center Myles Turner.
Jefferson (ankle) is questionable for Wednesday's tilt against the Hawks.
While Jefferson has been cleared over the past two contests to see the floor after recovering from a left ankle sprain that cost him six consecutive games, he didn't take the floor in either outing. The team would likely prefer to hold Jefferson out to help him recover before the postseason, but the Pacers haven't yet clinched a playoff spot, making the decision more difficult. Expect possible updates throughout the day, with a final word likely coming closer to tipoff. If he ends up sidelined, Kevin Seraphin will probably continue serving as the squad's reserve center behind Myles Turner.
Jefferson (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the 76ers, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Jefferson was cleared to play in the Pacers' last two contests, but he ended up being held out both games for additional rest and recovery. It appears Jefferson may still be dealing with some lingering discomfort and he'll once again sit out Monday. Jefferson's next shot to play will be Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Hawks, but in the meantime, Kevin Seraphin should continue to serve as the team's backup center behind Myles Turner.
Jefferson (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the 76ers.
The Pacers cleared Jefferson to return from a sprained left ankle two games ago, but he failed to see the court in either contest. Despite not playing, it appears Jefferson is still hurting a bit, so the Pacers may err on the side of caution and holding him out again Monday in the penultimate game of the regular season. Kevin Seraphin looks poised to continue serving as the main backup to Myles Turner into further notice.
Jefferson (ankle) is active and available to play in Thursday's matchup with the Bucks.
Jefferson, who was originally expected to miss at least two weeks of action, was surprising upgraded to questionable just a day ago after only a week off for recovery. The Pacers' medical staff has now officially given him the green light to take the court, although there's a chance he sees some restrictions in his first game back. Those in season-long leagues can activate Jefferson, but it'd be wise to avoid him in DFS contests Thursday considering the uncertainties surrounding his playing time. Jefferson's return likely knocks Rakeem Christmas out of the rotation.
Jefferson (ankle) has been upgraded to questionable for Thursday's game against the Bucks.
It's been roughly a week since Jefferson was given his original two-week timetable for a return, so it appears he's progressing much quicker in his rehab than expected. He's been upgraded to questionable ahead of Thursday's contest and with the Pacers fighting for one of the final playoff spots in the East, Jefferson would be a nice upgrade to Indiana's bench production. Look for his status to be updated after Thursday's morning shootaround.
Jefferson (ankle) will be sidelined at least two weeks.
An X-ray on Jefferson's left ankle came back negative earlier in the week, but the sprain is severe enough to potentially keep the big man out for the rest of the regular season. He'll be reevaluated ahead of a potential playoff run for the Pacers, but if the team ends up failing to qualify, it's possible we've seen the last of Jefferson this season. He's turned in the worst production since his rookie campaign while occupying a bench role in 2016-17, turning in averages of 8.1 points and 4.2 boards in 14.1 minutes per game. His absence will allow Rakeem Christmas to work as the primary understudy to starting center Myles Turner over the next handful of games.
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