(NEW YORK) — Free agent big man Al Jefferson will sign with the Charlotte Bobcats, according to sources.
After a two-day visit with the team, Jefferson has agreed to a three-year deal worth $41 million. Sources say that the contract includes a player option after the second year.
The deal will not become official until July 10, the first day teams and free agents can make deals official after the league’s annual moratorium is lifted.
The 28-year-old Jefferson has averaged 16.4 points and nine rebounds per game over nine seasons with the Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Boston Celtics. The Celtics selected Jefferson out of high school in Mississippi with the 15th pick in the 2004 draft.
The Bobcats are just 28-120 over the past four seasons and can benefit from Jefferson’s low post scoring. He will join Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Kemba Walker as the foundation of the team.
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