Scott Agness: Back from China, Al Jefferson is in the Pacers’ locker room visiting with teammates.
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Emiliano Carchia: Al Jefferson’s season in China could be over soon, a source told Sportando. Xinjiang Flying Tigers are on the market for a big man to replace Jefferson. The former NBA center is averaging 12 points and 7.4 rebounds in 7 games in CBA
David Aldridge: NBA veteran Al Jefferson opting to play in China this season, per source. Had an opportunity to re-sign with Pacers but was offered a nice payday overseas.
NBA veteran Al Jefferson has signed a deal with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the CBA, according to Zhang Duo.
Mark Montieth: Pacers talked to Al Jefferson about a new contract, but he plans to play overseas next season, according to Kevin Pritchard.
Bobby Marks: Indiana could elect to use the stretch provision (over 3 years) on the $4M owed to Al Jefferson or let his cap sit for one year. Using the stretch would have the Pacers with $14.5M in room. Not stretching would equal $11.8M.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Indiana is nearing a deal with free agent center Al Jefferson, league source tells @The Vertical.
Ken Berger: Am told Al Jefferson’s three-year, $30M deal with Indiana will have no options. Sides discussing partial guarantee for year 3.
Marc Stein: Al Jefferson and the Indiana Pacers are close to verbally agreeing on a three-year, $30 million deal, according to league sources
Adrian Wojnarowski: Still unclear if the final year of Jefferson-Pacers deal will be fully guaranteed, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Two contracts worth considering according to one league executive, are the one signed by Omer Asik last summer and the one signed by Al Jefferson in 2013. Asik’s deal is considered a mistake leaguewide, but it went for five years and $58 million, almost $12 million per year. Jefferson signed a three-year deal worth $40.5 million, or about $13.5 million per year.
Courtney Lee, Marvin Williams and Al Jefferson also indicated their desire to return to the Hornets as well, but it remains unclear if general manager Rich Cho can — or even wants to — bring everyone back for another run at the playoffs or if he’ll look in a different direction to upgrade.
“This is a big year for Al and for us. It depends on how Al comes back,” Cho said. “If he plays great like he did two years ago then it’s a different situation than if he plays like he did this past year. Part of it depends on Al and how well he plays what direction we go. Al was genuinely disappointed in last year and I know he’ll make a concerted effort to get in shape this off-season.”
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.
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 Milwaukee Bucks need help at the guard position. Malcolm Brogdon, Donte DiVincenzo and Sterling Brown are all out with injuries and George Hill is still only playing limited minutes as he works back from a strained left adductor muscle. With that in mind, the Bucks made a difficult decision Monday, opting to waive forward Christian Wood to clear a roster spot to sign point guard Tim Frazier. Wood initially beat out Frazier for a spot in training camp, but with multiple forwards ahead of Wood in the lineup and a depleted corps of guards, the team had to make a move to balance its roster ahead of the playoffs.
Frazier, a 6-1 guard, has bounced between four NBA teams in his five seasons, most recently playing with the New Orleans Pelicans after getting cut by the Bucks in camp. He averaged 5.0 points and 4.4 assists while shooting 35.1 percent on three-pointers in 47 games with the Pelicans before being waived at the end of February so New Orleans could sign Dairis Bertans. During the preseason, Frazier was one of the better performers among the Bucks’ roster hopefuls. His best game came in Oklahoma City, where he scored 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including making 4 of 5 three-pointers. He led a frenzied comeback, connecting on a 29-foot three-pointer with 0.9 of a second left to send the game to overtime.
Dirk Nowitzki woke up Monday morning as the No. 7 all-time leading scorer in NBA history. But there’s a very strong chance the Dallas Mavericks’ franchise player will go to bed Monday night as the No. 6 all-time leading scorer in NBA history. Nowitzki needs just four points to pass Wilt Chamberlain and become the league’s sixth all-time leading scorer. Going into Monday night’s 7:30 contest at American Airlines Center against the New Orleans Pelicans, Nowitzki has 31,416 career points to 31,419 for Chamberlain.
Obviously, Nowitzki would prefer to bypass Chamberlain at AAC. And in order for that record-breaking occasion to occur, the 21-year veteran would have to reach that benchmark against the Pelicans since this is the Mavs’ final home game before they start a three-game road trip Wednesday night in Portland. “Breaking records is always fun,” Nowitzki said. “If it happens at home it’s even more special for your fans that’s been riding with you for such a long time.”
We shot the ex-NBAer outside Madeo over the weekend and asked straight-up what the Knicks need to do to get back to relevance. Copeland’s friend had a few suggestions — which would’ve gotten him BANNED from MSG if he had said it at a game — but the hooper shuts down any of that talk and praised the team owner. “I love Dolan, Dolan’s my guy,” Copeland tells us. I love Dolan, love the Knicks.”
A fan going by the name Mike Robilotta on Twitter (@mike_robi13) claims he tried to enter the cwith a green T-shirt that reads “St. Patty Says Ban Dolan.” Unfortunately, Robilotta says he and two friends had their shirts confiscated as they tried to enter the stadium. And in the case of one of the shirts, it took security going through the trash to make sure it didn’t get into the arena.