HoopsHype Al Jefferson rumors

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The team was not very good with such an experience gulf, so over the summer they let their veterans walk in favor of committing to a full youth movement. Jefferson, now the Charlotte Bobcats’ starting center, believes it was the right decision for the Jazz to make. “Most definitely, I think Derrick Favors and Enes are going to be big time big men in this league,” Jefferson tells HOOPSWORLD. ”I kind of had a feeling that it really just wouldn’t make any sense basketball wise to sign back me or Paul Millsap back when you have them two young guys coming up. It was still tough to leave them. I felt like they were my little brothers, but it’s part of the business and it was the best decision for everybody.” HoopsWorld

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"It's very frustrating," Jefferson said. "I'm going to miss more games this season than the last three because of this injury. I take pride in not missing games. But this ankle injury - one minute I'm thinking everything is good and the next I'm feeling bad again. I feel like I’m letting my teammates down. It’s not fair to them for me to be in and out of the lineup. They’ve got a good thing going. I’m really ready for it to be over with, but it’s part of the game.” Charlotte Observer

Jefferson said the pain relates to arthritis he has had in that ankle since he was 6. He got an anti-inflammatory injection Sunday then was held out of physical activity the next two days. He did not accompany the Bobcats to Chicago for the Bulls game. “I feel a lot better than before I got the shot,” Jefferson said Tuesday. “It’s a bone bruise. I’ve had arthritis in this ankle since I was 6. When I got off the plane in Cleveland, that was what I was dealing with.” Charlotte Observer

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Rick Bonnell: Al Jefferson said he's had Arthritis in his right ankle since he was 6. Says that got him in Cleveland, why he had inti-inflammatory shot. Twitter @rick_bonnell

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There were questions as to whether a franchise such as Charlotte, with such little history and success, would be able to attract a premium free agent. Jefferson, who has averaged 16.4 points and 9 rebounds in his career, answered that. “First of all they were attracted to me, they wanted me to be part of their family,” he said. “For the record, being a free agent is not fun. It’s nothing like I thought it would be. Charlotte was the team who showed interest in me. To me, that’s all I needed with the coaching staff, [coach Steve Clifford], Patrick Ewing, Mark Price, Kemba Walker, [Kidd-Gilchrist]. To me, that’s where I wanted to be and I made a decision.” And this time, Jefferson feels at home, hoping this is more than a temporary stay. “I could see [finishing my career] here because they’re headed in the right direction,” he said. “And they wanted me to be a part of it.” Boston Globe

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