Al Jefferson lands in Charlotte

7/5/13 in NBA   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Charlotte Bobcats are desperately looking to change their image after two back-to-back miserable seasons. Part of those efforts require the Bobcats to somehow lure big-name free agents to their roster, while particularly focusing on addressing the dearth of the talent down low. But that cannot be an easy task for the Bobcats with better free agents across the league hesitant to make the move to a team that has become the laughing stock of the East. So, to get the job done they were likely to even overpay potential free agent options if it meant elevating the team to a new tier in the Eastern Conference.
They did just that on Thursday by agreeing to terms on a four-year, $41 million deal with Al Jeferson.
The free agent center reportedly spent a couple of days deliberating what can come out of a joining the Charlotte Bobcats. Jefferson had been reportedly seeking a four-year deal, in the neighborhood of $15 million per season this free agency. Jefferson previously also wanted to wait around and see if better offers would come also from other teams looking for a capable center, once Dwight Howard lands with a one of the several teams interested in retaining his services this year.
Jefferson eventually decided to get locked-in to a multi-year deal just under $14 million, per season rather than waiting around to see what if better options would come along on the open market in the very near future.
However, Jefferson among the consistent offensive players in the game, and his level of production inside, along with his size make him worthy of that kind of money.
He spent the past three seasons with the Utah Jazz, starting all of his 221 games during that period. Last season, Jefferson averaging 17.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while appearing in 78 games for the Utah Jazz.
Jefferson will provide the Bobcats with a scoring threat in the low post, after they struggled in those terms last season while also helping them on the boards after they were repeatedly outrebounded over the past two seasons.
The Bobcats are expected to release Tyrus Thomas via the one-time amnesty clause next month to create the salary cap space needed for Jefferson to officially sign his long-term deal on July 10.
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