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Richard Jefferson set to spurn Mavericks deal in favor of Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Cleveland Cavaliers may have signed up the likes of Kevin Love and LeBron James to new deals this offseason but the NBA Finals runners up still have plenty of work to do.

Reportedly still keen on bringing back Tristan Thompson and Matthew Delledova, it looks like the franchise are making contingency plans when it comes to another of the Cavs' 2014-15 roster, J.R. Smith.

This after ESPN's Marc Stein revealed that Richard Jefferson is closing in on a deal with Cleveland despite having appeared set for another year with the Dallas Mavericks.

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U-turn

'U-turn' is quickly becoming the taboo phrase of the summer for the Mavericks what with the team having already seen one player they thought certain to be on their roster for the new season, DeAndre Jordan, renege on a deal to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.

And whilst Jefferson wasn't expected to have a huge role to play in Dallas his departure for the Cavaliers sees a wealth of NBA experience follow him out the door.

At least Richard Jefferson didn't completely blindside Dallas owner Mark Cuban with his own decision:

Swingman

After an injury-hit playoff run the Cleveland Cavaliers are well aware their roster requires an influx of talent and experience. Richard Jefferson offers both, even at the age of 35.

The swingman is close to agreeing a veteran's minimum deal with the franchise and will arrive with a career ppg average of over 13 points.

He managed only 5.8 per game last season and has been on five rosters in five years, but Jefferson's arrival may also help Cleveland off the court.

Still looking to bring back J.R. Smith, the Cavaliers have struggled to agree a deal since the player opted out of his contract to hit free agency.

With Jefferson in town Cleveland now have a little more negotiating power when it comes to tempting a fellow swingman to swing back their way.

Cavs fans: Is the NBA title a minimum expectation for next season? Have your say in the comments below...

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Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
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Dallas Mavericks
Southwest Division
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