Jared Jeffries played on some of the best teams in Washington Wizards franchise history from 2002-06, even getting a chance to play alongside Michael Jordan as a rookie. Despite showing not too much more than tremendous hustle on defense, the New York Knicks signed him to a five-year $30 million deal in the summer of 2006, piling on the list of Isiah Thomas blunders.
Jeffries averaged only 5.7 points 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in four seasons as a Wizard, but his ability to guard all five positions was especially appealing when he hit the open market. The Knicks must have expected him to learn how to shoot, dribble, or pass at some point of his career, but that materialized. He lasted only three and a half of the five seasons he signed up for, declining to just 4.7 points 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game, and exemplifying the same barely above average defense and cluelessness on offense that earned him $30 million. At least we know Jeffries had his teammates backs, as evidenced by his outburst in the Knicks-Nuggets brawl in 2006. It’s funny that there were five Denver players on that roster that would eventually suit up in blue and orange.
The Knicks traded Jeffries to Houston in 2010 in order to clear enough cap space for LeBron, only to sign him back a year later because, you know, Jeffries had such much success guarding King James when the Wizards and Cavs duked it out in the playoffs. This video mocking the “Coming Home” montage for Carmelo Anthony is a personal favorite of mine.
Perhaps the moment that most signifies his second go-around in New York was when he threw away the chance to give the Knicks the lead with just a few seconds left in Game 2 against the Celtics, spoiling a brilliant 42-point performance by the newly acquired Carmelo Anthony.