Apr 9, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) is defended by Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Nick Collison (4) during the second half at EnergySolutions Arena. The Thunder won 90-80. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Kemba Walker Pitched Al Jefferson To Bobcats, Helped Recruit Him


The Charlotte Bobcats have been regulars in the lottery round for a long time. And with basketball wunderkind and current Kansas Jayhawks Andrew Wiggins there is a lot of temptation in ‘tanking’ for Wiggins. Much like the “suck for Luck” campaigns the Colts fans embraced a couple years ago.

But the Charlotte Bobcats made a big step forward by signing Al Jefferson to a three year $41 million dollar deal. But it might have been Kemba Walker who helped pitch him and recruit him to Charlotte, a lot like Chandler Parsons with Dwight Howard.

From Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer:

According to a source familiar with the situation, Walker identified Jefferson, a low-post scorer, as the unrestricted free agent best suited to filling a team need. So the team encouraged him to reach out to Jefferson in the offseason to gauge his interest.Walker and Jefferson share an agent, Jeff Schwartz, so they had a connection. When Walker ran into Jefferson in New York, he lobbied Jefferson to consider the Bobcats, with Jefferson’s contract expiring with the Utah Jazz.

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