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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May 18, 2019 | 9:05 pm EDT Update
For now it is all speculation, but there were anonymous whispers asking if it was true that the Knicks and Durant had already held a secret meeting, that a handshake deal was already in place and that endorsement deals were already ironed out. It wasn’t just talk about the Knicks securing the services of Durant, but that the elite scorer is bolting the Warriors despite all of the success. No one would put a name on their thoughts, but they did at least in their minds, figure out the hardest part of the Durant free agency question: why would he leave the Warriors?