Networks Target Richard Jefferson For Possible NBA Analyst Roles
NBA veteran Richard Jefferson has "major TV interest" in from the likes ESPN, YES Network and the Clippers for broadcasting jobs, but the free agent "still wants to play" his 18th season, according to Andrew Marchand of the N.Y. POST. Jefferson could "potentially join the Nets' TV crew on YES as a part-time game and studio analyst," and the Clippers are "also in play for Jefferson as a game analyst." Jefferson's camp has "had talks with ESPN to become a studio analyst." One ESPN official described it as a "similar spot" to analyst Tim Legler. Meanwhile, for YES, longtime analyst Mike Fratello will "not be back in studio." Analyst Jim Spanarkel's studio assignments also "likely will go up, while his games go down." Also, Marchand reports former Clippers game analyst Bruce Bowen is "returning to ESPN," and will "go back to his old role" as a studio analyst. On ESPN game broadcasts, longtime analyst Hubie Brown is "expected to remain near the top" of the ABC/ESPN pecking order, though he may do "less regular season games." Chauncey Billups will "remain a member of the ABC/ESPN top studio set" on "NBA Countdown," but he is "expected to add more games as a color commentator" this season. Meanwhile, sideline reporter David Aldridge is "done with Turner," leaving this week to become the top editor of The Athletic's DC site (N.Y. POST, 9/14).