The Utah Jazz’ front court just got a lot less crowded today thanks to the departure of Al Jefferson. Marc Stein of ESPN reported today on twitter that Al Jefferson has verbally agreed to a 3 year, $41M deal with the Charlotte Bobcats, with the ability to opt out in the 3rd and final year of his contract.
This is a good move for the Charlotte Bobcats who are in desperate need of a quality big man and a veteran leader. Al Jefferson fills both of those needs for the Bobcats. There is no doubt that a trio of Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Al Jefferson could prove to be promising and potentially lead to some playoff success. Especially in a weak Eastern Conference.
As for the Utah Jazz, they are re-building around a young crop of talent that includes power forward Derrick Favors and center Enes Kanter. The Jazz could not expect to continue to develop Favors and Kanter and keep both Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. With Al Jefferson gone, the Jazz ultimately are moving in the right direction by allowing Kanter and Favors to develop and become the big men that they are hoping to become. The Jazz are going young and are hoping that in time their young talent will form a team that is highly competitive in the Western Conference for years to come. Al Jefferson’s departure to Charlotte is a mutually good thing for both the Jazz and Bobcats.
—Ben Parker: follow me on twitter @nba_lord