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Al Jefferson Signs for 3 years, $40.5 million

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He's a good player, but certainly not enough for anyone to start throwing around the "p" word. We'll still be picking top-5 again, IMO. Which, in the long run, is probably for the best.

 

That said, the fact that they gave him this kind of money (and an option after year 2) tells me they expect to at least compete for the playoffs in our first year back as the Hornets. Which would be great, but given the history of this franchise I'm not getting my hopes up.

 

I'm a bigger fan of the Zeller pick than most here, but he's going to need a bit to develop IMO. It's entirely possible that, should Jefferson opt out after year 2 we might only then be getting a glimpse of what we have with Zeller.

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Is anyone else thinking of big Al as an asset at this point?

If the team struggles, he could provide us some draft picks and a young player around the midway point of the season.

I don't think this is the plan, obviously. But maybe the mavs or a contender propose us a deal next season.

13.5 is not too much money to move.

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Is anyone else thinking of big Al as an asset at this point?

If the team struggles, he could provide us some draft picks and a young player around the midway point of the season.

I don't think this is the plan, obviously. But maybe the mavs or a contender propose us a deal next season.

13.5 is not too much money to move.

Yes. Or you can move him next off season and package him with the slew of the future picks we have acquired and move back into the top 5 if we fall out of it. Although if we go that course I think MKG would be a more likely candidate.

This signing is great for the Bobcats on several different levels.

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Yes. Or you can move him next off season and package him with the slew of the future picks we have acquired and move back into the top 5 if we fall out of it. Although if we go that course I think MKG would be a more likely candidate.

This signing is great for the Bobcats on several different levels.

I agree. I still believe we're going to be a high lottery team next season. I don't think we'd try to move Al, but moving a guy like MKG or even Kemba with a possibly Detroit pick for a Top5 pick is very possible.

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I agree. I still believe we're going to be a high lottery team next season. I don't think we'd try to move Al, but moving a guy like MKG or even Kemba with a possibly Detroit pick for a Top5 pick is very possible.

To move into the top 5 next year it would take a godfather offer. MKG and one pick wouldn't do it.

My point is we now have the ability to do it without crippling or mortgaging our future.

For instance, let's say we have the #9 pick next year. IF (and this is still a big if) the top 5 is really as strong as everyone says it will be, we could package MKG, our #9, Detroit's pick, and the Bobcats/Hornets 2015 or 2016 1st round pick

 

Yes that is a lot of picks and a good young player for one pick, but we would probably not even miss a draft if Portland's pick came through in 2015 (or Detroit's depending on what we did and how many picks come through next draft).

 

The good thing about accumulating draft picks is it makes moves like that available to you without preventing you from still having picks every year to build your talent.

But we are pretty much on the same page on this.

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To move into the top 5 next year it would take a godfather offer. MKG and one pick wouldn't do it.

My point is we now have the ability to do it without crippling or mortgaging our future.

For instance, let's say we have the #9 pick next year. IF (and this is still a big if) the top 5 is really as strong as everyone says it will be, we could package MKG, our #9, Detroit's pick, and the Bobcats/Hornets 2015 or 2016 1st round pick

Yes that is a lot of picks and a good young player for one pick, but we would probably not even miss a draft if Portland's pick came through in 2015 (or Detroit's depending on what we did and how many picks come through next draft).

The good thing about accumulating draft picks is it makes moves like that available to you without preventing you from still having picks every year to build your talent.

But we are pretty much on the same page on this.

Completely agree. We would have to package multiple future picks with it. If next year draft lives to the hype, it'd be worth it to send future picks bc we shouldn't need any more picks after 2014. Assuming we'd be in the Playoffs.

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I'll just throw some stats up from last season for Al Jefferson

 

He ranked 20th in scoring at 17.8 ppg on 15.8 shots. (.494 FG%) He averaged 2.8 FTA per game with a (.770 FT %)

 

He ranked 14th in rebounding at 9.2 rpg. Breaking down rebounding stats he ranked tenth in drpg with 7.2 and 40th in orpg with 2.0.

 

He ranked 9th in double doubles with 37

 

His per was 20.99 and that ranks 16th overall in the NBA, ahead of Dwight Howard by 15 spots. 

 

He ranked 9th in Assist per game for centers at 2.1, with an Ast/TO of 1.56. Ranked 89th in fewest turnovers with 1.3 topg. 

 

He ranked 6th in steals per game for centers at 1.03, 25th overall in blocks per game at 1.14. "15th among centers"

 

He averaged 33.1 MPG which ranks 52nd overall.

 

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Al Jefferson signing has way more positives than negatives for this franchise. Even if it is a band-aid for the short time it will only help young guys like Zellar, Biyombo...work ethic, offense..how to attack..the method of the madness.

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