Apr 12, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) is defended by Minnesota Timberwolves center Greg Stiemsma (34) during the second half at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz won 107-100. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: Al Jefferson’s Meeting with Charlotte Bobcats Not Expected to be Productive


Free agent forward Al Jefferson is expected to meet with the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday but not much is expected to come of it. Yahoo! Sports guru Adrian Wojnarowski first reported that the Bobcats will be meeting with Jefferson but Bobcats beat writer Rick Bonnell says that fans shouldn’t get too excited about what might happen.

Jefferson is expected to draw some serious interest on the open market but even if he only had a few teams interested in him, the chances he would put Charlotte at the top of his destination list is laughable at best. Jefferson is one of two big name free agents the Utah Jazz might be losing this offseason and it appears they’re more dedicated to hanging onto Paul Millsap than they are Jefferson.

That being said, if Jefferson is willing to come back to the Jazz, their inability to re-sign Millsap might push them towards seeing what’s possible with Jefferson.

Charlotte seems to be looking for the future and that might include a plan to tank in an effort to draft Andrew Wiggins in next year’s draft. But nothing is a sure thing in the NBA it seems — well beyond the fact that Jefferson won’t be signing in Charlotte unless he’s seriously convinced and even then it’s a long shot.

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  • MD Salmon

    Really? Really?? Really??? Your hope is to sign Jefferson. Take it from a Jazz fan here, the one thing that Jefferson could help with is tanking. I would think that your hopes of a high lottery pick increase by having him on your team than not.

    Offensively he can score when he gets the ball, but once he is a poor passer and a ball stopper. Team offense will actually go down with him but he will score his own.

    Defensively he is even worse. So slow and unathletic. His pick and roll defense is horrible and leaves his teammates vulnerable way too often.

    He seems like a good addition because he does put up individual states but his PER and +/- are horrible. The 5 best lineups were all with him on the bench. I’d hope the Bobcats don’t waste their money but if they do feel inclined to spend it on him hopefully Wiggins is their real reward.