Sep 30, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson (25) during the Bobcats media day at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Bobcats’ Al Jefferson will start

It appeared as though the Charlotte Bobcats would be without their prized free agent acquisition when they took the floor for the first time Wednesday night.

However, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, veteran big man Al Jefferson is dressed and will start for the Bobcats when they take on the Houston Rockets Wednesday night.

On Tuesday, Bonnell reported Jefferson thought he’d be able to go.

“I think I can play,” Jefferson told Bonnell. “I’m not going to be 100 percent pain-free. But I can tolerate a little pain.” Head coach Steve Clifford will consult with the team’s trainers on Wednesday to determine Big Al’s status. If he doesn’t play in the opener, Clifford said he’ll be back “definitely soon, because he’s doing better.”

Jefferson has been nursing a sprained ankle.

The Bobcats gave Jefferson a three-year, $41 million contract in the offseason.

Last season, with the Jazz, the 28-year old averaged 17.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Over his career, Jefferson has averaged 16.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game .

The Bobcats and Rockets will tip from Houston at 8:00 pm EST.

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