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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.” ProjectSpurs.com

January 17, 2015 Updates

No Al Jefferson and no Kemba Walker. No good for the Charlotte Hornets. For the first time since center Jefferson signed with the then-Bobcats two summers ago, this franchise will play with neither Jefferson nor Walker available Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers. Charlotte Observer

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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.” Charlotte Observer

December 30, 2014 Updates

"Í don’t know how long, but it’s going to be more than one or two games," Clifford said following practice Tuesday. "They’re still trying to figure it out, but this is not one or two days." Charlotte Observer

December 14, 2014 Updates

“This is my 11th year. You’ve got over 10 years in this thing, man, that’s a long time,” he said. “It’s a blessing. Your career don’t last that long. For me to be in my 11th year right now, man — when I get out of the bed every morning, it ain’t that same cat getting out of the bed when I was 19, 20. It takes me a couple of steps to get going and I ain’t been deep in the playoffs like [Kendrick] Perkins has. I can just imagine how those types of guys feel. “I got more years behind me than I do in front of me. I’ll put it that way.” Boston Globe

December 1, 2014 Updates

The Hornets have been aggressive making trade calls, according to sources across the league. The Hornets are searching for upgrades on the wing and at power forward, per those sources, and they are willing to talk turkey on basically anyone other than Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson. Free agents signed this past offseason can’t be traded until December 15, and few would be surprised if the Hornets make and take calls on Lance Stephenson ahead of that trigger date. Grantland

November 16, 2014 Updates

“The two offers were (Lakers center) Andrew Bynum, and I was afraid of his knees, and Big Al — and then some draft choices and other throw-ins and stuff like that,” McHale said. “I liked Andrew Bynum as a player. I liked Al, because he was a better scorer, but when you looked at Bynum, I was just so afraid of his knees and all the stuff that goes with that. “I know what people say about me and Danny, but if you look at what the Celtics (offered), Al and the picks, it was the best of the offers that were out there. I was actually surprised in one way, because there weren’t many teams we could deal with.” That factor came into play last year when the Celts traded Paul Pierce and Garnett to Brooklyn in what ended up being a limited market. But in ’07, it caught McHale a bit off-guard. Boston Herald

November 5, 2014 Updates

Joseph Goodman: Al Jefferson hobbling around with ice on his ankle. Looks done for tonight. Well, now I'm being told that Jefferson wears ice on his ankles and hobbles around every night. Twitter @JoeGoodmanJr

October 28, 2014 Updates

Al Jefferson, an All-NBA center, can opt out of the final season on his deal this summer and become an unrestricted free agent. "You are always concerned – more so with Al because he’s totally unrestricted," Jordan said. "They are core pieces of what we’re trying to do…I’d like to keep both of those guys. I say I’d like to and I’d spend the money that’s appropriate. I’ll make every attempt to keep them." Jefferson was a breakthrough free-agent signing for this franchise in the summer of 2012. "Al is a straight shooter. We love him," Jordan said. "He took a gamble on us. That obviously plays into our thinking." Charlotte Observer

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The only real cure for plantar fasciitis (an inflammation of the plantar fascia tissue band that runs along the bottom of the foot) is rest, and Jefferson told the Hornets’ official site he got that this summer and is good to go. He was back at the team facilities taking part in optional workouts with no restrictions. NBCSports.com

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