|Jefferson likes trade to Milwaukee now|
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|Monday, 07 July 2008 12:33|
The Bucks introduced Richard Jefferson on Monday after acquiring him from New Jersey on draft day in a trade for Bobby Simmons and the young Chinese star, who was the No. 6 pick last year.
The second-leading scorer in Nets history was surprised by the trade.
``I didn't know anything was going on and then the next thing I know my phone didn't stop ringing for about a week,'' he said. ``When this happened I was upset, but after calming down and evaluating everything I became excited.''
Jefferson said he has nothing against the city that Yi was reluctant to play in.
``It was nothing about Milwaukee,'' he said. ``I could've been traded to Boston. I could've been traded to L.A. I could've been traded anywhere.
``It wasn't about the city. It was about that feeling of rejection by the team that traded for you on draft day seven years ago. But when that happened, I didn't want to go to New Jersey either.''
After tumbling to a 26-56 finish last season, the Bucks selected another forward, Joe Alexander, with the No. 8 pick. With Jefferson and Michael Redd, the team should be much improved.
``This was a major move to get two guys that are both in the top 10 in the league in scoring on the same team,'' Jefferson said. ``I played with Vince Carter in New Jersey. He was one of the most amazing players I've ever seen.
``But I think Michael Redd and I can complement each other a little bit more because he's one of the best outside shooters I've ever seen, and I'm more of a slasher inside.''
Jefferson said he's also looking forward to playing for new coach Scott Skiles.
``I'm a cocky little guy, and that's why I think Scott likes me,'' Jefferson said. ``Me and Scott are friendly now, but there will probably come a time when he cusses me out.''
``That's a pretty safe bet,'' Skiles interjected, drawing laughter during the news conference at the Bradley Center. ``I've been a Richard Jefferson guy for a while. We wanted to add toughness this summer, and there's a lot of things to admire from a coaching standpoint.''