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Denver Nuggets officially sign Richard Jefferson, waive veteran Jameer Nelson

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Former Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson (24) scores on a dunk against the Washington Wizards in the first half at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on February 6, 2017. File photo by Mark Goldman/UPI
Former Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson (24) scores on a dunk against the Washington Wizards in the first half at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on February 6, 2017. File photo by Mark Goldman/UPI | License Photo

The Denver Nuggets announced the signing of veteran forward Richard Jefferson on Thursday.

The team also announced it had waived guard Jameer Nelson.

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Jefferson, 37, cleared waivers Monday after being waived by the Hawks after Atlanta acquired him in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers that was completed Saturday.

ESPN previously reported Jefferson will make $2.3 million in the one-year deal.

Jefferson is joining his seventh NBA team after debuting in the 2001-02 season and spending his first seven seasons with the then-New Jersey Nets. He made the NBA's All-Rookie Second Team in 2002.

He spent the last two years with the Cavaliers, serving as a role player and helping the franchise win its first championship during the 2015-16 season.

The 16-year NBA veteran has averaged 12.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 1,161 career games.

Nelson, 35, spent the past two-plus seasons with Denver, averaging 8.9 points and 4.7 assists over 148 games.

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