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Al Jefferson | Center/Forward

Team: Charlotte Hornets
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/4/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 289
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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Al Jefferson, Nicolas Batum and Spencer Hawes will all be held out of Sunday's exhibition as a precaution.
It's a back-to-back preseason set, so coach Steve Clifford is wisely giving his veterans the night off. The extra rest can only be a good thing for Big Al, who reportedly lost 20 pounds this summer in an effort to take some strain off his lower body. He's been quite durable throughout his career but injuries caused him to miss 17 games during the 2014-15 season. Oct 4 - 4:48 PM

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Al Jefferson dropped over 20 pounds this summer due to changing his diet.

"Every Popeye’s commercial I see, I have to turn the TV off," Jefferson said. Big Al really lost a step last year and the injuries are starting to pile up. He's in a contract year and perhaps the change in diet is a little extra motivation. That said, we've seen players change diets a lot and there really hasn't been a noticeable trend. He's a risky mid-round target.
Sep 19 - 5:11 PM

Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that Al Jefferson has been on a "month-to-month" plan to lose weight.

"I was in Santa Monica with him about 2 1/2 weeks ago," Clifford said. "He had a plan month-by-month with [strength and conditioning coach] Matt Friia. He’s on target. He feels good and looks good. Now he has to finish up in August and September." This obviously implies that Jefferson's plan is going well, so he should be able to improve upon his 2014-15 averages of 16.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 blocks in what will be a contract year. Jefferson missed 17 games due to injury last season, so he might be available at a discount in the middle rounds.
Aug 29 - 1:33 PM

According to Hornets general manager Rich Cho, Al Jefferson (knee) has been fully cleared for basketball activity.

Jefferson's knee flared up down the stretch last season and was a major cause for concern, but it's a good sign that he has been cleared this early in the summer. Jefferson recently picked up his player option for $13.5 million for next season, and he will look to help the Hornets get back into the Eastern Conference playoffs after a rough 2014-15 campaign. Jefferson posted averages of 16.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 blocks last season, but he also missed 17 games due to injury and his durability is a little worrying.
Jun 18 - 11:20 AM

Al Jefferson has officially picked up his third-year contract option which pays $13.5 million for the 2015-16 season.

Jefferson was frustrated after this year's brief postseason appearance, saying he had "unfinished business" with the Hornets. He made good on his statements, declining free agency to reprise his role as the central cog in Charlotte's offense. He averaged 16.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.3 blocks last season, but he also missed 17 games and shot a career-low 48.1 percent in only 30.6 minutes per game.
Jun 16 - 11:26 AM

Al Jefferson will formally notify the Hornets that he will remain with them for the 2015-16 season.

He'll make $13.5 million this upcoming season and will be a free agent this season. Jefferson's injuries are starting to pile up and he probably wouldn't have been looking at a big pay day after playing just 65 games last year. Jefferson will look to lose 25 pounds in an effort to increase his durability.
Jun 14 - 12:56 AM

Al Jefferson said that he intends to remain with the Hornets next season.

Big Al has no desire to opt out, citing "unfinished business" with the Hornets. Jefferson added that he has a desire to lose 20-25 lbs this offseason in order to take some of the pressure off his knees, a move that would benefit both he and his team. Said Jefferson, "I've got to redeem myself."
Apr 20 - 11:20 AM

Al Jefferson said it's unlikely that he'll exercise the opt out clause in his contract to become a free agent in July.

We'll monitor this situation throughout the summer, but this would be great news for Hornets fan if Big Al sticks to his word and returns. Jefferson also added that he'd like to lose 25 pounds this summer, which would hopefully help him further exacerbate his existing knee injury. Assuming he's fully healthy next fall, the 30-year-old will provide solid early-round value for owners who are willing to accept the fact that he hasn't played more than 78 games since the 2010-11 season.
Apr 16 - 12:49 PM

Al Jefferson (knee) and Michael Kidd-Gilcrhist (ankle) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

The Hornets have no reason to risk Big Al's health, so this is not a surprise. Jefferson's knee was a major concern down the stretch, so it will definitely be something to monitor closely in the offseason. Bismack Biyombo will draw the start tonight and is worth a look in all leagues for his ability to rebound and block shots at a high level.

Al Jefferson (knee) will not play against the Rockets on Monday night.

The Hornets finally turned to Noah Vonleh on Sunday. He played 29 minutes and posted career highs in 16 points and 12 boards. Vonleh should get another look tonight, so give him a look if you are a dice roller. Bismack Biyombo will start and play around 30-34 minutes, assuming the Hornets aren't blown out again. Jefferson is likely out for the season.
Apr 13 - 5:20 PM

Al Jefferson (knee) will remain sidelined for Sunday's game vs. the Pistons.

Bismack Biyombo gets another start today, so give him a look if you're in need of some rebounding and shot blocking.
Apr 12 - 3:01 PM

Al Jefferson (knee) is listed as out for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

Bismack Biyombo will continue to start for Charlotte for as long as Big Al is sidelined, and he's worth a look for anyone seeking some rebounding and shot blocking.
Apr 10 - 12:16 PM

Al Jefferson (knee) intends to play again this season, but he will not suit up vs. the Heat on Tuesday or against the Raptors on Wednesday.

Jefferson's knee continues to "flare up" whenever he plays, and he said prior to Tuesday's game that "it's all about seeing how it's going to react." The Hornets are 1.5 games out of the playoff race and could move into the thick of things with a win on Tuesday, but Big Al remains a huge injury risk with five games remaining and no clear return date in sight.
Apr 7 - 7:06 PM

Al Jefferson (knee) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) will not play Tuesday vs. the Heat, as expected.

Both these guys aren't expected to make a return until Friday at the earliest, so this news should be surprising to no one. Bismack Biyombo (nose) will start for Jefferson tonight, and he's worth a look for owners seeking some shot blocking. Jeff Taylor will continue to start with MKG sidelined, but he's not doing enough on the stat sheet to matter in almost any league. Steve Clifford said that MKG and Jefferson aren't even close, and it's looking like we may not see them in uniform again this season.

Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said Al Jefferson (knee) likely won't play until Friday at the earliest.

Clifford's timetable would have Jefferson missing at least Tuesday's game against the Heat and Wednesday's game against the Raptors. We'll keep an eye on Jefferson's status throughout the week, but owners in need of games played may want to consider cutting bait. Bismack Biyombo will serve as a solid plug-and-play option while Big Al is out.
Apr 7 - 12:43 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Kemba Walker
2Jeremy Lin
3Brian Roberts
4Aaron Harrison
SG1Nicolas Batum
2Jeremy Lamb
3Troy Daniels
4Elliot Williams
SF1Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2P.J. Hairston
3Sam Thompson
PF1Frank Kaminsky
2Marvin Williams
3Tyler Hansbrough
4Cody Zeller
C1Al Jefferson
2Spencer Hawes
3Jason Washburn