Richard Jefferson took to Instagram on Saturday to announce his "decision to move on from basketball" after 17 seasons, including seven with the Nets.
In his Instagram post, the 38-year-old described a rocky two-month period during which he not only decided to retire from the NBA but also dealt with the tragic death of his father.
Jefferson's most formidable years came with the then-New Jersey Nets as he helped the team reach the NBA finals in 2002-03 and the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2003-04. He averaged a career-best 22.6 points per game in 2007-08, which was his final season with the Nets before bouncing around to seven different teams throughout the course of his career.
Jefferson was traded to Milwaukee ahead of the 2008-09 season, marking the first of four times he would be traded during his career. He was traded to the Spurs in 2009, the Warriors in 2012, and the Jazz in 2013 before signing on for stints with the Mavericks, Cavaliers, and Nuggets.
In seven seasons with the Nets, Jefferson averaged 17.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and three assists in 489 games.