HoopsHype Al Jefferson rumors

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

July 20, 2014 Updates

Now Lance Stephenson is being injected into that mix — and Jefferson is pumped about it. “I’m excited about Lance,” Jefferson said in the hall outside the Hornets locker room at the Thomas & Mack Center, where he had shown up to watch Charlotte eliminate New York from the Summer League tournament. “We’re all going to be on the same page as far as defense, and defense dictates the offense. “But Lance is a playmaker. That’s the reason he led the NBA in triple-doubles last year. He’s got this nastiness about his game that you want on your team. I was really excited to hear he signed with us and he wanted to do that. I think he’s got a lot to prove, and he wants to show people he can be a great superstar in this league.” NBCSports.com

July 4, 2014 Updates

Jefferson and Hayward are friends from their time together in Salt Lake City. A source familiar with the situation said Jefferson has been recruiting Hayward and will be part of the Hornets’ presentation next week. Charlotte Observer

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Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan honored Al Jefferson by taking out a full-page advertisement Sunday in the Charlotte Observer after the 6-foot-10 center was named third-team All-NBA. Jefferson has proven to be the franchise's best free agent signing ever. He joined Charlotte last July and was the only player in the Eastern Conference to average a double-double for the 2013-14 season. USA Today Sports

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They’ll explore how to add another game-changer to center Al Jefferson. So I take it for granted they’ll check what it might take to acquire power forward Kevin Love, who seemingly wants out of Minneapolis. Likewise, I’d expect them to inquire about restricted free agents Greg Monroe with Detroit and Gordon Hayward with Utah via sign-and-trades. Charlotte Observer

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