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Al Jefferson - PF/C, 6'10, 289
Indiana Pacers - Signed as a free agent in July 2016
       Date of birth: 01/04/1985
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 15th pick, 2004
     Out of: Prentiss High School
  NBA Experience: 13 years
  Hand: Right

2004 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 15th overall by Boston.
2nd July, 2004 NBA Signed four year, $7,019,285 rookie scale contract with Boston. Included team option for 2007/08.
6th July, 2006 NBA Boston exercised 2007/08 team option.
31st July, 2007 NBA Traded by Boston, along with Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff, Sebastian Telfair, a conditional 2009 first round pick from Minnesota (#6, Jonny Flynn) and a conditional 2009 1st round pick from Boston (#28, Wayne Ellington), to Minneosta in exchange for Kevin Garnett.
31st October, 2007 NBA Signed a five year, $65 million extension with Minnesota.
13th July, 2010 NBA Traded by Minnesota to Utah in exchange for Kosta Koufos, a conditional 2011 first round pick from Memphis (#20, Donatas Motiejunas), a conditional 2011 first round pick from Utah (conveyed in 2012' #18, Terrence Jones) and the right to swap 2014 first round picks (not exercised).
10th July, 2013 NBA Signed a three year, $40.5 million contract with Charlotte. Included player option for 2015/16.
11th June, 2015 NBA Exercised 2015/16 player option.
9th July, 2016 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed three year, $30 million contract with Indiana.
When: Where:
June 2004 - July 2007 Boston Celtics (NBA)
July 2007 - July 2010 Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
July 2010 - June 2013 Utah Jazz (NBA)
July 2013 - June 2016 Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets (NBA)
July 2016 - present Indiana Pacers (NBA)
From blog:

   2017 NBA Manifesto

Al Jefferson
PF/C, 6’10, 289lbs, 32 years old, 13 years of experience

Did what he always does in much fewer minutes than usual. Improved his offensive rebounding rate notably to stave off what had been a decade-long decline in that part of his game, and blocked by far the fewest shots of his career, but was otherwise entirely to order. Scored, from both the inside and the mid-range, although the mid-ranger was much poorer than usual. Cleared the glass. Didn’t defend much. As advertised. But that was in part the problem. Jefferson did what he always does in a league that no longer values what he does that highly. Indeed, Jefferson was not even in the rotation come playoff time. Unless the jump shot comes back and has four extra feet of range on it after this summer, he won’t have much of a role going forward, and given his salary, he will have even less trade value.

Player Plan: Two years and a shade under $20 million remaining, only the first years of which is guaranteed. If there’s any value to be gotten for him, even pure salary relief, it is worth taking; after all, this is seemingly no longer a rotation player.

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   Ten Of The Worst New Contracts This Offseason

Al Jefferson – Charlotte Bobcats

The harsh but undeniable reality is that the Bobcats, regardless of the presence of Michael Jordan, have to pay over the odds on the free agent market to compensate for their franchise’s position. They’ve done that with Al Jefferson, paying him three years and $40.5 million, including a player option in the third year.

That player option makes Jefferson extremely difficult to trade until the summer of 2015. And while they haven’t necessarily signed him to trade him, a team with such little foundation as Charlotte must position themselves to permit that as soon as possible. They haven’t. Instead, they’ve paid Jefferson to be the cornerstone of the team for at least the first two years of the deal, which he simply isn’t. Jefferson, a poor defender, is also an inefficient volume scorer who contributes on only one end and leads on neither.

It looks like a strong commitment to the present, just as Jefferson looks like he is a centerpiece to his team. But appearances can be deceptive.

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   How rebuilding can last forever in the NBA

Rebuilding generally means losing.

This is a given, and is an unsavory reality of the draft-based model to which the NBA is handcuffed. Assuming you also get lucky and draft well, there's no better way to make big leaps forward than by taking giant ones backward.

Those two qualifiers, however, are huge. It's better to be lucky than good, but to succeed through the draft, you have to be both.

The Charlotte Bobcats know this better than anyone. They've been bad throughout their existence, only briefly approaching the hallowed land of mediocrity, and at one point they reached a historical level of ineptitude. They've never tried all that hard to be competitive, and, even when they did, they were so unsuccessful at it they remained in a perpetual state of rebuilding. Indeed, it's not even a rebuild, as there's nothing to reconstruct. It's simply a build from scratch. Still.

Perhaps, though, they've now stopped the tanking. This summer has seen their biggest ever free agent move - by an incomparable amount - with the signing of Al Jefferson for three years and $40.5 million. Jefferson isn't the answer to the Bobcats' problems - he has never been an all-star, likely never will be, stopped improving some years ago, and isn't nearly efficient enough to be the offensive focal point he will now have to be. Nevertheless, he is a player of true quality at a position where the Bobcats sorely lacked.

Tanking, the stockpiling of youth, and minimal payroll expenditure, are all laudable traits on rebuilding teams in certain circumstances. Indeed, I lauded it only yesterday in the case of the Utah Jazz. But it only works for a certain time before it must give way to something substantial. You can't tread water forever - if you're still treading water after years of throwing the kids out there, the kids you've got aren't going to cut it. So perhaps Charlotte thought it was time to buy some quality.

At some point, a franchise can become viewed as toxic, and it's a tough decline to halt. The post-dynasty Bulls couldn't sign a free agent of any caliber until Donyell Marshall joined, and the Clippers were only able to stop the rot when they got luckier in the draft than the Bobcats ever have and landed Blake Griffin. Those franchises had the benefit of strong markets that Charlotte doesn't.

Nevertheless, quality attracts quality, and only those who have no say in it or have few other choices would voluntarily choose the moribund, direction-less franchise whose fortunes rest upon a few lottery balls every season. You don't want to be that. The Bobcats right now are very toxic. There's little incentive for anyone to play for them, or for anyone to watch them. It needs to stop. And it's good if they know that.

However, having the right idea alone isn't a sufficient remedy.

No matter how badly you need talent, you still need value for that talent. You need talent you can do something with in the future, not just that which helps you in the now. Unless you can sign genuinely elite stars who can reverse your fortunes single-handedly, you need players with caliber signed to digestible prices over short periods, so as to best maximize options for the future. It is, after all, still about the future. In signing Jefferson to the deal that they did, Charlotte have not done this.

Deals are judged by the comparable ones of others, and the obvious and necessary comparison here is with Paul Millsap, Jefferson's running mate as recently as five months ago. Millsap signed with Atlanta for two thirds of what Jefferson did ($9.5 million annual compared to $13.5 million for Al), and for two thirds of the time (two years instead of three). Logically, this would suggest Millsap is two third of the player. But he's not. Without wanting or needing to fully compare the two, we can all hopefully concede that they are about the same, give or take. But the price is very different.

Millsap is signed to an amount comparable to his talent, for shorter time. He provides Atlanta with the talent boost that will keep them out of the cellar - if you want bums on seats, you need that - and his contract makes him extremely tradeable. Millsap is a valued commodity around the league as a quality, versatile, two-way role player, and by getting him at the right price, Atlanta put themselves in a position to take advantage of that. And until they do, he'll help them significantly as a player.

Charlotte, however have paid the 'Bobcats tax' and will suffer for it. Jefferson is, at best, at the very top end of the acceptable overpay range, and probably slightly beyond it. Yet it is that third year that makes it extremely difficult to trade him before the summer of 2015. Rebuilding teams need as much flexibility as possible - with his undervalued, very competitively priced skills and short contract, Millsap could be traded for a quality return as soon as February. Jefferson can't. He costs too much and he's under contract for too long to be highly prized. Indeed, he may not be tradeable at all. This is not all bad, as it will mean a quality player will stay with them for three years.

At some point, a rebuilding project needs to involve actual building. At some point, you need to start acquiring quality - you can't forgo all talent acquisition just to stay bad just to hopefully get lucky in a good draft class. Charlotte have reached that point. Atlanta have somewhat, too. But in these respective signings, the Hawks and Bobcats have put themselves in far different positions. One team landed a quality player on a great price who will help the team in both the immediate future and (via trade), likely the long term. Meanwhile, Charlotte spend $21.5 million more to achieve less.

It was the right idea, but not the right execution.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 31st October 2017

As with Sabonis above, the veteran of the Pacers’ big man rotation is also benefitting from Turner’s absence, and will almost certainly be the starter at centre if Sabonis cannot go. Al’s game and effectiveness have declined in the twilight of his career, particularly defensively. However, precisely because of this defensive problem, he can only have a positive impact on the game if he gets a lot of shots up. That means points. And that means fantasy points. Discounted fantasy points.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 1st December 2017

There was a time earlier in the season that we picked Sabonis every night. Coming off a disappointing rookie season and expecting to be on the bench, Sabonis was available for a very cheap price – however, with Myles Turner missing the start of the season, Sabonis got the starts at centre and was excellent in them. As his price continued to increase, Turner returned and Sabonis went to the bench, decreasing his output and diminishing his value. Yet Turner is still struggling with injury and is expected (albeit not confirmed) to miss tonight’s game, and maybe more. Sabonis, then, is now fantasy relevant again.

If Turner does not play, then Jefferson becomes the backup centre and also becomes fantasy relevant again. When in the rotation before, Jefferson averaged 15 fantasy points in his limited role, enough for some low-end value. This should happen again if Turner cannot play.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 10th November 2017

Relegated to third string due to the presence of building block Myles Turner and breakout sensation Domas Sabonis, Jefferson has nevertheless been productive whenever injuries to those two have seen him be called upon. In the last game, with Sabonis out, Jefferson recorded 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal in 22 minutes. Tonight, Sabonis will be out once again, so expect Al Jeff to contribute once again too.

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