NBA Free Agency: Al Jefferson to Bobcats; Warriors Courting Howard
Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Bobcats finally landed a coveted free agent when Utah Jazz big man Al Jefferson committed to sign with the team once the moratorium is lifted.
The forward/center averaged 17.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game last season and represents the most significant offseason acquisition in the history of the woeful franchise. He will join with young players such as Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, and newly drafted Cody Zeller in an attempt to lift the franchise beyond the status of NBA doormat.
Jefferson's decision to head to the Bobcats was not the only movement of a second-tier star to make a change in scenery. Tyreke Evans, the former Rookie of the Year whose performance has declined each year with the Sacramento Kings, was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. The deal gives the franchise three scoring guards in Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordan, and Tyreke Evans to vie for playing time alongside front court mates Ryan Anderson and Anthony Davis.
While Jefferson and Evans made headlines Thursday, the biggest prize may make his decision on Friday. Dwight Howard is reportedly trying to make a decision between the Lakers, Rockets, Mavericks, and Warriors with Los Angeles and Houston being the most likely choices. Golden State, however, is desperately trying to clear the necessary cap room to land the talented big man.