NBA player Jared Jeffries retires, accepts job with Denver Nuggets


jared-jeffriesJared Jeffries, the leading scorer on Indiana’s 2002 Final Four team, has retired from his 11-year NBA playing career in favor of a front office job in the league.

Yahoo! Sports reported Monday that Jeffries accepted a position with the Denver Nuggets and general manager Tim Connelly. He played for Connelly from 2002-2006 with the Washington Wizards.

Jeffries originally went 11th in the 2002 NBA draft to Washington after leading the Hoosiers, then under coach Mike Davis, to a 25-12 record and third-place finish in the Big Ten Conference.

The Bloomington native left Indiana after two seasons and went on to play two stints with the New York Knicks, a pair of seasons with the Houston Rockets and finished as a reserve for the Portland Trail Blazers last season.

At 6 feet, 11 inches, Jeffries spent most of his time at the forward and center positions, but he featured enough versatility to play shooting guard in spots for the Wizards.

Jeffries played a total of 629 NBA games, starting 335, and averaged 4.8 ppg and 4.1 rpg in 21.6 mpg.

He’s 31 years old and will likely begin his post-playing career as a scout, Yahoo! reports.

Assistant general manager Arturas Karnishovas and director of basketball operations Ben Tenze are also new to the Nuggets this year.

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