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Al Jefferson
Al Jefferson
Position: F-C
Born: 01/04/85
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:265 lbs. / 120.2 kg.
Salary: $13,500,000
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Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that center Al Jefferson has exercised his player option for the 2015-16 season. Jefferson appeared in 65 games with 61 starts last season, averaging 16.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 blocks in 30.6 minutes. He ranked 19th in the NBA in rebounding, tied for 22nd in blocks, ranked 33rd in field-goal percentage (.481) and tied for 33rd in scoring. Despite missing 17 games due to injury, Jefferson led the team with 53 double-figure scoring games, 23 games of 20 points or more, 24 double-figure rebounding games and 22 double-doubles.
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Al Jefferson staying in Charlotte

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Facing a Monday deadline to invoke the final remaining season on his contract or opt for free agency, Charlotte Hornets big man Al Jefferson is staying right where he is, according to his agent. Jeff Schwartz, Jefferson’s longtime agent, told ESPN.com he will formally notify the Hornets that his 30-year-old client will delay his next foray in free agency for one more year.
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The sigh of relief you might have heard last week was emanating out of Charlotte, with big man Al Jefferson saying he would not opt out of the final year and $13.5 million of his contract. If he had, the Hornets would have had a very difficult decision to make on Jefferson’s future. He is a year removed from an All-NBA performance, but he is also 30 and coming off an injury-pocked season in which he played 65 games and saw his production dip along with his minutes. The Hornets did not want to have to commit a deal for Jefferson beyond this season, even at a reduced cost. The hope is that Jefferson can give Charlotte another solid year while the team figures out what its frontcourt is going to look like in the future, perhaps with Biyombo in the middle and either Vonleh or Zeller alongside. But the 2014-15 season provided only scant answers on that, so now the Hornets have another season to see who fits where.
By his own description Thursday, Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson was in “panic mode” late Wednesday night. His right calf was full of pain and he faced a magnetic resonance imaging Thursday morning that might determine the rest of his season. The test came back as well as it could have under the circumstances: The MRI showed no structural damage after Jefferson hobbled out of Wednesday’s home loss to the Sacramento Kings.
“I don’t think [expectations] were too high.” Jefferson said. “Anytime you have a guy coming to a new team people will look for him to come in and save the day. All we ever wanted him to do is come in and be himself. This team was already on the rise when he came. We want him to help take us to the top. Some times things don’t necessarily work out at first, but you have to stay with it and continue to compete.”
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Lastly, I asked Jefferson if he thinks Duncan is playing at an All-Star level this season. “I think so,” said Jefferson. “For a guy who has been in the league as long as he has, and has accomplished everything he’s accomplished. Still, he’s a relevant guy in this league, a guy that you have to respect night in and night out.” “That sounds like an All-Star to me.”
The decision to shut down Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson was essentially made at halftime of Monday’s overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. That according to Hornets coach Steve Clifford, who said he and head athletic trainer Steve Stricker agreed Jefferson’s groin injury was too debilitating to let him keep playing. “At halftime we spoke and agreed that we were going to sit Al down and say, ‘We appreciate you want to play, but…’ ” Clifford said pre-game Wednesday. “It’s great that he wants to be out there and is team-first and wants to play. But he just can’t move.”