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Thursday, July 4th, 2013 at 2:00 pm  |  30 responses

Al Jefferson to Reportedly Sign With Charlotte Bobcats for $41 Million


Free agent center Al Jefferson is taking his talents from Utah to Charlotte, ESPN reports. Jefferson will sign a three-year deal, worth about $41 million. The Bobcats will make room for Jefferson by saying goodbye to Tyrus Thomas. Per the Charlotte Observer: “Al Jefferson is heading to Charlotte on three-year deal worth estimated $41 million with opt out after Year 2, sources say … After two-day visit in Charlotte and initial indications he’d wait out post-Dwight Howard market, Jefferson and Bobcats struck deal this (morning.) [...] Bobcats power forward Tyrus Thomas will be waived under the NBA’s amnesty clause, eliminating $18 million from the Bobcats’ salary cap total over the next two seasons, an informed source said. Jefferson can’t actually sign a contract until at least July 10 under NBA rules. That’s when the league’s annual moratorium on free-agent signings expires and the new salary-cap year begins. Jefferson, who played the last three seasons with the Utah Jazz, has career averages of 16.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 50 percent shooting from the field. At 28, Jefferson has already played nearly 20,000 NBA minutes, having turned pro out of high school in Mississippi in the spring of 2004. Jefferson was in the same draft class as Emeka Okafor, the first draft pick in Bobcats history. Jefferson was originally drafted 15th overall by the Boston Celtics. Over nine NBA seasons he has played for the Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Jazz. A 6-10 center-forward, Jefferson’s forte is back-to-the-basket scoring. He’s averaged at least 16 points each of the last seven seasons.”

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  • Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    On an interesting note, Al Jefferson has spent exactly three years at each of his former clubs.

  • OfftheWall87

    Wow….Didn’t see this coming. The Bobcats/Hornets may be on to something here. Finally.

  • don

    this guy doesn’t want to win a championship now… i see him hooking up with a winning team just before he retires

  • BFAPP

    Welcome to Charlotte Big Al! Biggest move in Bobcats free agent history.

  • OfftheWall87

    First legit post scorer the Bobcats have ever had. This will help soften the blow of that Zeller pick they made.

  • spit hot fiyah

    utah will be lot of fun to watch next year with extended minutes going to favours and kanter after jefferson just left. also, trey burke at the point and hayward on the wing. they might suck, but they were my sneaky fun to watch league pass team from last season. this season should be even more entertaining.

  • cflip

    They shouldn’t be taking shortcuts in their rebuild, imo. They only needed one more year.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    this is the best thing that could have happened to Zeller.

  • The Seed

    Why draft Zeller then, when could have gotten guard from Kansas.

  • Clos1881

    I love the pick up I just hope this doesn’t kill or 2014 draft

  • robb

    Having Al as a PF and Zeller gives the Cats a pretty good presence inside

  • Trillfamyoungin

    they didnt know al was coming to them…they in a good place right now for next year draft if they keep al zeller mkg

  • spit hot fiyah

    they are about to amnesty tyrus thomas and his remaining years

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I expect 18 and 10 from him. If the Bobcats don’t totally suck, he might even make the All-Star team.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    I should add the best thing for him on the offensive end of the floor.

  • roscoe

    when CHA signs someone… i always ask myself, “why didn’t anyone else want him?”

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    He’s pretty much the number 1 option in Charlotte right? He should be able to reach 20 and 10. Will definitely be a good pick up in fantasy bball!

  • Nathan Shane Long

    the bobcats have vastly improved their frontcourt with zeller and jefferson letting mullens and thomas go diop is next one to leave

  • danpowers

    neither tanking for a no1 pick nor making the playoffs. well done bobcats

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    I wonder how much longer “taking his talents” will be the words chosen in scenarios like this.

  • Max

    Emeka Okafor???

  • OfftheWall87

    Decent, but not in the same class as Jefferson with scoring.

  • roscoe

    awesome comment.

  • meloman

    This guy has played for bad teams his entire career

  • Vince

    This contract seems a bit pricey for big Al but I mean, hey, its the Bobcats.

  • Blakos

    Very good rebounder, and post scorer. Black hole on offense, weak defender against anyone remotely quick.

  • Mike From Spain

    Considering how many teams are set on the tanking mode in the East, the Bobcats might make the playoffs after all

  • patrick

    overpaid?

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