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Report: Bobcats plan to pursue Al Jefferson in free agency

Jul 1, 2013, 1:14 AM EST

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The Bobcats have have a lot of cap space and are looking to spend it on an impact player to help bolster their offensively challenged front court.

Their target will be Utah Jazz free agent Forward/Center Al Jefferson according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.

Jefferson averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds a game last season for the Jazz and would instantly become the Bobcats’ go to scorer and best player. Known for his savvy scoring on the low block and solid decision making when working out of the post, Jefferson would be a nice add to an offense who ranked 28th in points per possession last season.

Where Jefferson isn’t as useful is on the defensive end, but a pairing with 2011 lottery pick Bismack Biyombo — who’s an up and coming rim protector — could mitigate some of Jefferson’s woes on that end of the floor.

Jefferson isn’t the splashiest of names on the market and that likely plays into the Bobcats thinking as they’re not exactly a magnet for the top free agents available. The fact that Jefferson is coming off a stint with the small-market Jazz likely also plays a part in Charlotte’s pursuit.

The notoriously tight-lipped Jazz haven’t given many hints about what their plans are with Jefferson (nor their other key free agent Paul Milsap), but with former lottery picks Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter already on the roster, the thinking is that Jefferson will likely be playing on another team next season.

The Bobcats hope it’s theirs.

  1. WorldHypeTv - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Reblogged this on WLHTV and commented:
    Report: Bobcats plan to pursue Al Jefferson in free agency

  2. silverandblackfan77 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    He could definitely do better than the bobcats and join a more successful team I would hate to see him spend the rest of his career losing, now watching Bynum in that situation wouldnt be as bad

  3. scottieplongballs - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Good decision making out of the low post? Who, Mr. Blackhole himself?

  4. coryfor3 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    What a Bobcats kind of decision that would be.

  5. jacksonkane - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Jefferson may not be elite, but he an extremely solid and reliable big man. He is a great second or third piece needed to build a good team. The move in itself does not make the Bobcats significantly better, but if they combine this with another move or two – solid.

    The quest becomes – who wants to play for the Bobcats?

  6. bsplaincs - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    after that draft……..I would never want to go to the Bobcats Until MJ is no longer running the show. And Yes I grew up watching and loving MJ….. But really “Cody Zeller”. No thank you…….I would take less money to play for a winner.

    • remmsterr - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:25 AM

      Zeller is really good; do you even watch basketball?

      • ryanrockzzz - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:31 AM

        Zeller is not really good…Zeller is talented with potential. He didn’t exactly light it up against top collegiate competition last year. Does he have an NBA body? He’s not a true center right now, and doesn’t really shot well enough to play the PF position. He can run the floor and play with his back to the basket, and he has great athleticism…but so do a lot of other players. Not saying he won’t be good, but there were better players avail, and I think that was the posters point.

      • paleihe - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        This was their way of making up for a previous drafting mistake.

        They picked DJ Augustin instead of Brook Lopez…

      • bsplaincs - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        This goes out to Remmsterr. Yes I watch basketball! I watched Cody Zeller get tossed around like a rag doll in the NCAA Tournament final game 3-11 for 10points who did the Syracuse Orange have guarding Zeller????? some 6-8 Forward. who pushed his around….I watched the game. But your right Jordan is a Wizard in the draft. see what I did there…..lets look back:

        19 picks over 9yrs and besides walker. where are they now. half are not on the team thats for sure. So if you think I didn’t yell at the top of my lungs WHAT THE FU** when “Zeller” name was called your crazy. to the 19 bobcats fans who did not like my first post enjoy a walk through your draft history. Thanks for Shopping
        Draft Round Pick Player Nationality Position School/Club Team
        2004 1 2 Emeka Okafor (from Los Angeles)[a] United States PF/C Connecticut
        2004 2 45 Bernard Robinson (from Milwaukee)[b] United States PF Michigan
        2005 1 5 Raymond Felton United States PG North Carolina
        2005 1 13 Sean May (from Phoenix)[c] United States PF North Carolina
        2006 1 3 Adam Morrison United States SF Gonzaga
        2006 2 50 Ryan Hollins (from Sacramento)[d] United States C UCLA
        2007 1 8 Brandan Wright (traded to Golden State)[e] United States SF North Carolina
        2007 1 22 Jared Dudley (from Cleveland)[f] United States SF Boston College
        2008 1 9 D. J. Augustin United States PG Texas
        2008 1 20 Alexis Ajinça (from Denver)[g] France C Hyères-Toulon (France)
        2008 2 38 Kyle Weaver United States PG Washington State
        2009 1 12 Gerald Henderson United States SG Duke
        2009 2 40 Derrick Brown (from New Jersey via Oklahoma City)[h] United States PF Xavier
        2009 2 54 Robert Vaden (from San Antonio,[i] traded to Oklahoma City)[j] United States SG UAB
        2011 1 9 Kemba Walker United States PG Connecticut
        2011 1 19 Tobias Harris (from New Orleans via Portland,[k] traded to Milwaukee)[l] United States SF Tennessee
        2011 2 39 Jeremy Tyler (traded to Golden State)[m] United States C Tokyo Apache (Japan)
        2012 1 2 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist United States SF Kentucky
        2012 2 31 Jeffery Taylor

        Note: all spell check was done by Remmsterrs mom.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        ryanrockzzz

        Zeller against good competition last year (the Big Ten was tough, best conference)

        At Michigan 20 pts, 12 reb, 4 asst, 8 -14 FG, 4-5 FT
        Home against Michigan 19 pts, 7 reb, 4 asst, 3 blks, 7 – 13 FG, 5-7 FT

        Home against Minnesota 29 pts, 11 reb, 3 blk, 3 stl, 11 – 17 FG, 7 – 10 FT
        At Minnesota 17 pts, 13 reb, 6 asst, 6 – 10 FG, 5 – 5 FT

        At Mich St. 13 pts, 5 reb, 6 – 12 FG, 1 – 2 Ft
        Home vs. Mich St. 12 pts, 8 reb, 2 stl, 4 – 11 FG, 4 – 5 FT

        Vs. Wisconsin 14 pts, 6 reb, 2 stl, 5 – 11 FG, 4 – 6 FT

        At Ohio State 15 pts, 8 reb, 7 – 12 FG, 1 – 2 FT

        He averaged 17.4 points and 8.8 boards a game against the best teams in the conference last year. Both of these numbers are actually higher than his season averages in points and rebounds. He showed up and played well against the better teams…

        If I were to add in his stats against Iowa and IL, they would go up. These were the next 7 teams behind IU in the conference last year.

  7. scalfor3 - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    Don’t do it, Big Al. You deserve to finally play for a winner.

  8. cluelessdufus - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:59 AM

    Jefferson is a classic low post scorer who actually at times becomes a decent stretch forward dosen’t have a three but anywhere 15-18 feet is 7/10, but easily would become an easy option for Kemba Walker to look to and could open up the floor for Walker.

  9. detroitrollin22 - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    The real question is when are they going to become the Charlotte Hornets again?

    • readysethike - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      next year

  10. bparmalee - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    In a related story no free agent worth a damn is going to go to the Bobcats/Hornets so it’s a none issue. Small market teams just don’t win free agent battles…. David West is prob on of the bigger free agents to actually sign with a small market team that he wasn’t already apart of. Small market teams have enough issues keeping their own players. So pursue away. Al J will take your bid… get it matched.. or almost matched and say thank you for playing.

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