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Al Jefferson | Center/Forward | #7

Team: Indiana Pacers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/4/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 289
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (15) / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Kemba Walker wanted the Hornets to re-sign new Pacers center Al Jefferson.
"You think about Big Al, who I wish we could have kept. He helped change this franchise around big time from the day he got here," Walker said. Charlotte may regret not doing more at the five with a three-man rotation of Cody Zeller, Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes down low, but this team will go as far as Walker, Nicolas Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist can take it. Aug 6 - 2:51 PM

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Al Jefferson said that he didn't talk to any other teams in free agency.

"It was just Pacers," Jefferson said. "At this point in my career I've put myself in a position where I can go where I want to go as far as what's best for me, and for winning. For me, no other team out there [was a better fit]." He played in just 47 games last season due to a strained calf muscle, a five-game suspension for a failed drug test and arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair a torn meniscus. However, Jefferson said he's now 100 percent and said he's finally feeling like his old self again. He's expected to come off the bench behind Myles Turner, so he won't have much fantasy value in Indiana.
Jul 10 - 12:52 PM

Al Jefferson has agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Indiana Pacers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

The Pacers will try to play at a faster pace next season, so this is a questionable move. However, Ian Mahinmi and Jordan Hill are both free agents, so maybe the Pacers could bring Big Al off the bench behind Myles Turner to bolster their second-unit scoring. ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that the deal could be for $30 million over three years, but we'll have more details shortly.
Jul 1 - 12:29 PM

In stating his desire to return to Charlotte in free agency, Al Jefferson called the Hornets his "best situation."

Jefferson also revealed he'd be okay with continuing to come off the bench if he returns and it gives the Hornets their best chance to win, something the front office has to be happy about hearing. Big Al cited the team's potential ceiling with a healthy Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder surgery) as another reason to be back, but as always, it will come down to dollars and sense. For what it's worth, Jefferson expressed a desire to end his career in Charlotte.
May 2 - 11:08 AM

Steve Clifford said that the Hornets will use the same starting lineup on Monday in Game 5 vs. the Heat.

Nicolas Batum's (foot/ankle) status is still up in the air, but this means that the Hornets are expected to deploy Frank Kaminsky and Al Jefferson as their starting frontcourt again. Jefferson only played 21 minutes in the starting lineup and finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block, so he's still not a great fantasy option.
Apr 24 - 1:01 PM

Al Jefferson scored 10 points in the starting lineup on Saturday against the Heat, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 21 minutes.

He didn't really see his production, usage, or minutes change in this game. The move of Jefferson is likely just to put a bigger body in the paint after the Heat beat them up inside in Game 1 and 2 -- Jefferson is not a good defender, of course. He'll likely be hit and miss the rest of the way with a decent floor.
Apr 23 - 8:50 PM

Al Jefferson is starting over Cody Zeller on Saturday against the Heat.

This is all about the Hornets trying to add size to stop the bleeding on the inside on the defensive end. Their offense hasn't been the problem, but losing Nicolas Batum (ankle) is dangerous territory. Jefferson gains some value as a DFS play with this news and the lineup might stick.
Apr 23 - 4:03 PM

Al Jefferson came to play in Game 2, making 12-of-17 shots to finish with 25 points, seven boards, one assist and one steal in just 27 minutes off the bench.

Jefferson's full array of post moves was on display tonight and he scored 16 points in the second quarter alone, helping to keep Charlotte close despite red-hot shooting from the Heat. His offense won't mean much if the Hornets don't tighten up defensively for Saturday's game in Time Warner Cable Arena, where they went 30-11 during the regular season.
Apr 20 - 9:55 PM

Steve Clifford said that Al Jefferson will again come off the bench for Wednesday's Game 2 in Miami.

"Here’s the thing: everyone keeps asking me about playing Al more," Clifford said. "Our offense was really good. If you look at 91 points you’re totally missing what happened [during Game 1]. It was a low-possession game. We were 1.07 points per possession. That’d be like third-best in the league. It’s not just OK; it’s really good." Clifford added that the Hornets need to do a much better on the defensive end, which is why he'll again be starting Cody Zeller at the five over Jefferson.
Apr 20 - 1:13 PM

Al Jefferson had a quiet Game 1 with 13 points (4-of-8 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), five rebounds and one block in 23 minutes off the bench.

Hassan Whiteside and Amare Stoudemire both played him well defensively and Big Al's teammates struggled to get him the ball in position to score, resulting in a sub-par game for the Hornets' highest-paid player. Charlotte needs him to produce to even the series on Wednesday, but coach Steve Clifford shot down the notion that he'll overtake Cody Zeller (nine points, seven boards in 20 minutes) for the starting job.
Apr 17 - 8:23 PM

Steve Clifford said that Al Jefferson will remain in a reserve role for Game 1 against the Heat on Sunday.

Clifford did say that he had considered inserting Jefferson into the starting five to better matchup with Hassan Whiteside, but ultimately he decided to stick with Cody Zeller at the five-spot. Jefferson could see some extended minutes now that we're in the postseason, but he's still not much more than a low-end big in fantasy hoops.
Apr 17 - 4:19 PM

Al Jefferson returned to Charlotte's bench on Wednesday and racked up a game-high 26 points on 11-of-15 FGs and 4-of-6 FTs, with four rebounds, two assists and one block in just 23 minutes.

Orlando's reserves had no answers for him tonight, particularly at the rim where he shot a perfect 6-of-6. Big Al has been nothing but professional about Steve Clifford's decision to bring him off the bench, and it looks like he'll maintain a reserve role throughout the postseason.
Apr 13 - 11:24 PM

Al Jefferson will return to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Magic, with Cody Zeller (sternum) back in the starting five.

Jefferson hasn't been great off the bench this season, so he can't be considered a viable DFS target with the demotion to the second unit.
Apr 13 - 7:27 PM

Al Jefferson scored 16 points in a start against the Celtics on Monday with 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 27 minutes.

He was terrific against the team that drafted him back in 2004. Cody Zeller (chest) did not play in this game, so Jefferson made his first start since December. Considering how well the Hornets played, maybe they mix it up in the postseason.
Apr 11 - 10:38 PM

Al Jefferson will start on Monday vs. the Celtics.

Cody Zeller (sternum) will not be able to play, so Jefferson's minutes will hopefully get a slight bump in the first unit. As a starter this season, Big Al has averages of 13.7 points, 6.4 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.1 blocks and 0.8 steals. Frank Kaminsky and Spencer Hawes could see a few more minutes as well.
Apr 11 - 6:08 PM

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SF1Paul George
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PF1Thaddeus Young
2Lavoy Allen
3Georges Niang
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5Alex Poythress
C1Myles Turner
2Al Jefferson
3Kevin Seraphin