Most expected Al Jefferson to wait until Dwight Howard makes a decision on where he wants to go, before looking at the available options for himself. However, the Charlotte Bobcats have been interested in adding Jefferson to the team, and he will now sign a three-year deal, according to Mark Stein of ESPN. His salary should be somewhere around $13-14 million per year.
Financially, this is a good move on Jefferson’s part. He has an opt-out clause for the third year of his contract, and unless the Bobcats suddently become championship contenders, we can probably expect him to opt out. Al will be 30 years old by the second year of his contract, and will likely still have enough market value to land one last big multi-year contract. If he was to sign a longer deal than he has now, and pass the 30 threshold while playing in Charlotte, the injury risk would naturally increase and his market value would go down.
As for Charlotte, the team has been desperate for some talent, and will be getting one of the best offensive big men in the league to ease the suffering the franchise has had to sustain.