After finishing the 2012-2013 regular season with one of the NBA’s worst records again, the Charlotte Bobcats’ front office knew it had to make some roster improvements and on Thursday, it took a huge stride in getting the team headed in the right direction.
According to ESPN.com, league sources are confirming that free-agent center Al Jefferson has agreed to sign with the Bobcats. Although he can’t officially sign until July 10 – when the NBA will begin to authorize offseason trades and player deals – his contract will reportedly be worth an estimated $41 million over three years.
Jefferson is a major addition to a Bobcats team that struggled to score inside the paint last season. In the past season with the Utah Jazz, Jefferson averaged 17.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game and is widely considered one of the most effective offensive post players in the league.
Even with Michael Jordan at the helm as the majority owner and chairman of the team, it’s been difficult for the Bobcats to attract big-name prospects and talented free agents over the past few years. Considering their current standing as one of the least successful NBA franchises, landing Jefferson has to be considered the most significant signing the team has made on Jordan’s watch.
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