As was reported here at Pro Hoops Central, there was a rumor floating around in which the Charlotte Bobcats expressed an interest in Utah Jazz big man Al Jefferson.
The dogged pursuit of the 6-10 forward apparently has paid dividends as both Charlotte and Jefferson have come to terms on a 3-year, $40 million contract, with the third year being a player option, according to the Associated Press Thursday.
At first glance, one would think, “Why would Jefferson want to play on this underachieving team?”
Interestingly enough, Jefferson was looking for $15 million per season. Apparently, the full-court press applied by the Bobcats swayed Jefferson to sign on the dotted line, albeit at a slightly reduced rate.
The nine-year veteran – just 27 years old – would provide the beef in the frontcourt as Charlotte has more often than not been outhustled on the boards.
While a costly transaction, this is a positive step for Charlotte. After all, would you want either Brendan Haywood, Josh McRoberts, Byron Mullens or Bismack Biyombo manning center for your team? I didn’t think so.
At the very least, the Bobcats are slowly but surely cobbling together a team that should improve over time, assuming that patience is applied.