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Al Jefferson says he would love to return, play in Boston

Nov 15, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

Paul Pierce, Chris Wilcox, Al Jefferson AP

Al Jefferson is going to be a sought-after free agent this summer — big men who can get you 15 points and 11.8 rebounds a game, can pass and bring a good work ethic to the locker room are not that easy to find.

Predicting where he will play next season is impossible — if he gets traded mid-season it could impact his decisions, as it could if the Jazz choose to make a push to keep him.

But he’d love to come back to Boston, he told A. Sherrod Blakely of

“This will always be my home away from home, first place I’ve been; gave me a chance when nobody else did,” added Jefferson. “If that (returning to Boston) ever happened, I’d love to do that again. But right now, it’s all about taking care of business and finishing the season off right.”

The Celtics are not bringing him back next season — they already have more than $71 million in committed salary on the books for 2013-14 (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green all make $9 million or more, for starters). That will have them well over the salary cap, up near the luxury tax, and without the means to offer much more than a mini-mid level. Jefferson is going to take a pay cut from the oversized $15 million he is making this season, but at age 28 next season he is going to get offers in and around eight digits a season. Boston can’t swing that without a trade.

But it’s always nice to hear he thinks fondly of you, Boston. Look at it that way.

  1. eventhorizon04 - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    He might eventually want to come back to Boston on a cheap deal, but I agree.

    Given the going rate for big men, he’s $10+ million per year (at least) given that he’s still under 30 and is productive.

    He’ll probably want one more big 5-year contract before settling for smaller deals at age 34.

  2. lakerluver - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Well, not exactly an elite free agent but Beantown has to take what it can get. AJ’s a pretty good big man. He definitely will help them.

    • scalfor3 - Nov 15, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      I’m sorry we don’t print money like your team. God, you are a dbag.

      • bozosforall - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:18 PM

        The only dbags here are you loser Boston chumps.

    • thesixersbench - Nov 15, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      This guy. “Pretty good big man”. What a laugher.

      Al Jeff – statistically – was the best center in the NBA last year.

  3. paulhargis53 - Nov 15, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Dont worry Scalfor, the lakers day is coming.
    Sh**weasel here, would have you believe otherwise, but it is coming.

    Don’t worry, you only have to listen to him until late May or so. The bet he made with me will have him off of this site.

    • drewzducks - Nov 15, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      By elite I guess he means rickety knees Nash. What a fool.

      • bozosforall - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:21 PM

        The only fools and sh** weasels here are you sad sack Boston punks. The Lakers have five titles in the new millenium alone, compared to the Puh C’s measly one. What a joke your team is!

  4. lakerluver - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Yeah, and “statistically” A.I. was better than Isiah. Of the two who would you take? Look, don’t get your panties in a bunch, Al’s a good player, offensively. On defense he gives up just as many as he scores though. But as I said last week while “trying” to educate “deadman walking” aka ph53, Boston can not get any elite free agents to go there, so getting a good, not elite, player like Al wouldn’t be too bad. Al, Rondo, Green, Sully etc, sounds like a championship lineup to me. Lmao!!!!

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 15, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Imagine if a key starter on the Celtics said he would love to return, play in City X when his contract ran out at the end of this year. You would all be freaking out right now. He’d be public enemy number one. Bill Simmons would be devoting about 25,000 words to it based on specially-picked Mighty Might Bosstones lyrics. KG would lose his number. Doc wouldn’t stop crying about how he doesn’t agree with it. Rondo would be Rondo. Jason Terry would pull a practical joke on a bunch of kids. Paul Hargis and Lakerluver would be lambasting each other over and over. IT WOULD BE CHAOS!!!!

    But since it’s a player from Utah saying he wants to play for Boston next year? No problem at all.

  6. paulhargis53 - Nov 15, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    To educate, 1st you must be educated.
    You can’t even remember that the spurs last won a title in 07.
    You know nothing about your own team, why on earth do you speak on other teams or players. You’re a f***ing dips**t.

    You know dummy, they haven’t had any “elite” players come in lately, yet they go further in the playoffs.
    1-8, out in the 2nd round. Id get used to that.

    Why don’t you just disappear?

    • bozosforall - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      Pudhummer wants lakerluver to disappear because he is intimidated. What a loser in life you are, Pud. Go kill yourself.

  7. paulhargis53 - Nov 16, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    For those not in the know, bozosforall IS lakerluver.

    Pretty pathetic.

    You are one sad individual.

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