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Al Jefferson | Center/Forward

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

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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

Al Jefferson will not play against the 76ers on Saturday due to knee soreness.

Well, the Hornets are going to be missing their entire usual starting frontcourt with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Cody Zeller also in street clothes. Jefferson didn't play in the second half on Friday and he is one of the most highly used centers in the NBA for offense. Subsequently, that led to some big usage rates among a few others: Kemba Walker (28.7 in 12 minutes), Lance Stephenson (33.8 in 14 minutes) and Gerald Henderson (37.1 in eight minutes). Bismack Biyombo also had his highest usage rate since the All-Star break and he'll likely be involved more. Bizzy B should live up to his nickname tonight.
Apr 4 - 5:21 PM

Coach Steve Clifford said that the Hornets might shut Al Jefferson down for the rest of the season.

Jefferson is dealing with a knee issue and he's pretty broken down in general. With the Hornets losing tonight and for all intents and purposes losing their shot at the playoffs, it doesn't make a lot of sense for him to risk further injury. Bismack Biyombo is worth a pickup given this news, assuming you can stomach the bad foul shooting.
Apr 3 - 9:44 PM

Al Jefferson is dealing with right knee soreness and will not return on Friday night.

He just can't shake this knee injury. Jefferson has been visibly bothered by his knee for about 10-14 days and the Hornets could sit him down. Plus, his minutes are way down in that span. Bismack Biyombo would get most of his minutes and could get some more blocks and boards. His offense will go to Kemba Walker, Marvin Williams, Gerald Henderson and Mo Williams. Big Al finished with four points and one steal in 12 minutes.
Apr 3 - 8:23 PM

Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said he almost sat Al Jefferson (knee) on Wednesday.

Jefferson was one rebound shy of a double-double during Wednesday's game against the Pistons, but Clifford said he almost sat him after he was moving poorly during shootaround. Big Al has had his knee drained three times in the last nine days and Clifford added that it will take weeks of rest for Jefferson to get any relief from his injury. As banged-up as he is, Jefferson is still worth a start in all fantasy leagues as long as he's on the floor due to his nightly potential for a double-double.
Apr 2 - 9:48 AM

Al Jefferson got thumped in the head by an Andre Drummond flagrant elbow on Wednesday, but played through the injury and had 11 points, nine boards and four blocks on 4-of-12 shooting in 26 minutes.

He should be fine going forward, but owners would be wise to keep an eye out for updates on Thursday.
Apr 1 - 10:24 PM

Al Jefferson went to the locker room in the first half on Wednesday and has returned.

He took an elbow from Andre Drummond to his chin and Jefferson is also dealing with some knee pain. We'll pass along an update regarding why he left the game, but it might have just been to check for a concussion.
Apr 1 - 7:58 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kemba Walker
2Mo Williams
3Brian Roberts
SG1Gerald Henderson
2Lance Stephenson
3P.J. Hairston
4Troy Daniels
SF1Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2Jeff Taylor
PF1Cody Zeller
2Marvin Williams
3Noah Vonleh
C1Al Jefferson
2Bismack Biyombo
3Jason Maxiell