The Charlotte Bobcats just got considerably better down low. According to reports, the team has signed former Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson to a three-year deal, one in which Jefferson could choose to opt out of the final season.
The move gives Charlotte a legit inside threat on offense, and should also help improve their inside defense. It’s a move that was absolutely crucial to the Bobcats turning around their weak interior game at both ends of the court, and combined with the addition of 2013 draft pick Cody Zeller, could potentially finally have a bad Bobcats team somewhat on the rise.
Jefferson has been a usual 17-20 point per game scorer, and has also shown solid effectiveness on the glass and on defense. In Charlotte, he will really only have to contend with Zeller in all of those areas, making him a legit 20 and 10 player. At just 28, Jefferson is still very much in his prime and should make a strong impact with the Bobcats at the five, while he can also spend some time at the four.
Jefferson is a big dude who can shoot jumpers or bang inside, so he’s definitely going to get his on a regular basis in fantasy basketball. He arguably has more value in Charlotte than he did in Utah, while his departure also opens up things big-time for Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter on his old team’s roster.