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Jazz forward Richard Jefferson plans to go 'championship hunting'

Atlanta • Jazz forward Richard Jefferson is in the final year of his contract, feels like he has "two or three more years where I can compete on a daily basis" and plans to go "championship hunting."

In an interview on Sirius XM's Off the Dribble show Thursday, the 33-year-old Jefferson, who came to Utah in a trade from Golden State, said as his career winds down, he's not playing for money but a chance to win a title.

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"I want to play for a championship team," he said. "I want to win a championship. I've come that close. People think just the NBA, but I'll take it back a little further for you. I lost in the [NCAA] national championship game. Then I went to the Olympics and lost to a quality Argentina team and won a bronze medal. Then I lost in two NBA finals. I wan to win."

Jefferson expressed his desire to get back to the playoffs — a place the rebuilding Jazz seem unlikely to take him.

"If I get an opportunity to play for a championship team, I'm going to go hunting for that," he said. "I have no loyalty. I'm not one of those guys that played for the same team for 15 years like a Reggie Miller who has to decide whether or not he's going to do that. No. I'm a gun for hire."

You can check out the audio of the interview here.

— Aaron Falk



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