The Knicks did not offer Richard Jefferson a contract prior to either this season or last season, according to a tweet from the team's official PR account.
This contradicts what Jefferson said on the Nets' television broadcast Sunday, when he said he opted to retire rather than finish his career with the Knicks.
"I refused to play for the Knicks," Jefferson said Sunday. "Like, Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin -- they don't really care. Me, I was the one person that said, 'Knicks? No, I'll retire.' That's why I retired. They were the one team that offered me a job. I decided to retire."
"I just knew it was time. When the Knicks were looking for me to play for them, I knew my time in this league was over."
Jefferson spent the first seven seasons of his NBA career with the Nets before playing for seven other teams over the next 10 years. His last season was 2017-18, when he averaged just 8.2 minutes per game with the Nuggets in 20 games played.
Jefferson said later in the telecast that he was just joking. After the Knicks sent out their tweet to refute Jefferson's comments, the former Net appeared to take a more lighthearted approach rather than his pointed comments on the air.