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Knicks deny they offered contract to Richard Jefferson at end of his career

2017 NBA Finals - Game Two

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04: Richard Jefferson #24 of the Cleveland Cavaliers warms up prior to Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Sunday, as the Nets were beating the Knicks (in a game that ended embarrassingly for New York), Brooklyn broadcaster and 17-year NBA veteran Richard Jefferson told a story about how he knew it was time to retire because only the Knicks were offering him a contract.

The Knicks, of course, denied this report.

Who is telling the truth? Well, maybe a little from both. The Knicks likely never offered a formal contract to Jefferson, but that is very different from having preliminary discussions about a potential fit and deal. It’s possible that level of discussion went on and Jefferson decided that he had enough. There also is no guarantee the Knicks would have put that offer on the table.

I can say this: People are going to remember the accusation, not the denial.