HoopsHype Al Jefferson rumors

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

June 18, 2014 Updates
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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

June 5, 2014 Updates
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May 21, 2014 Updates

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

April 29, 2014 Updates
April 28, 2014 Updates

Coach Steve Clifford sent out all the signals that playing Jefferson tonight might not make sense. “He couldn’t do anything this morning. I would say it’s doubtful he’d be able to play,” Clifford said. If Jefferson can’t play, Clifford said he would start Bismack Biyombo tonight. Biyombo has played a total of 15 minutes in the first three games of this series. Charlotte Observer

Asked about his level of pain, Jefferson said, “This has been like stepping on nails. I wouldn’t wish it on anybody.” Jefferson has clearly been the Bobcats’ Most Valuable Player this season, averaging 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds. He was central to the Bobcats more than doubling their win total this season and reaching the playoffs for just the second time in franchise history.“Regardless of what happens (tonight), this has been a wonderful season,” Jefferson said. “We need to continue to build and continue to get better.” Charlotte Observer

April 27, 2014 Updates
April 26, 2014 Updates

Bobcats center Al Jefferson says he'll play in Game 3 Saturday night against the Miami Heat. Jefferson participated in Saturday morning's shoot around and says his injured left foot feels "about the same" as it did before Game 2 Wednesday night. Jefferson says "Once I come out of the game and go back in, it may take a few seconds to get it warmed back up." USA Today Sports

April 23, 2014 Updates

Al Jefferson was still in his walking boot when the Charlotte Bobcats arrived for their shootaround hours before facing the Miami Heat in Game 2 of an Eastern Conference first-round series. Bobcats coach Steve Clifford says the team was planning to have Jefferson participate in at least some of Wednesday morning's shootaround, but not in anything involving contact. Jefferson was diagnosed with a plantar fascia strain in his left foot Sunday, when the Bobcats lost the series opener. Boston Herald

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