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25 Al Jefferson C
Height/Weight: 6-10/289 | Birthdate: 1/4/1985 | Birthplace: Monticello, MS | Team: Charlotte Hornets | College: No College | NBA Experience: 11 | Owned/Started%: 96/70 | Average Draft Position: 15.56
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Hornets C Al Jefferson (knee) cleared for basketball activities


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Hornets center Al Jefferson has been fully cleared to participate in all basketball activities, the team announced Thursday.

Jefferson missed 17 games last season due to an issue with his knee. In 65 games, Jefferson averaged 16.6 points and 8.4 rebounds.


Hornets C Al Jefferson exercises player option


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/15/2015) Hornets center Al Jefferson, who had the opporunity to opt out of his contract and explore free agency, instead exercised his player option Monday, keeping him in Charlotte for another year. 

Jefferson averaged 16.6 points and 8.4 rebounds in 65 games this season, numbers way down from the 2013-14 campaign, when he carried the then-Bobcats to the playoffs after averaging 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds. 

Despite missing 17 games due to injury, Jefferson led the team with 53 double-figure scoring games, 23 games of 20 points or more, 24 double-figure rebounding games and 22 double-doubles. 


Hornets C Al Jefferson will not opt out of contract


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/20/2015) Center Al Jefferson had the opportunity to opt out of his contract with the Hornets, but he told the Charlotte Observer that he has "unfinished business" with the team. 

Jefferson averaged 16.6 points and 8.4 rebounds, numbers way down from the 2013-14 campaign, when he carried the then-Bobcats to the playoffs after averaging 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds. 

"I've got unfinished business here. That's not even an option for me," Jefferson said. "Unless something dramatic changed, I can't see myself opting out, and leaving that bad taste in my mouth. And in the Charlotte Hornets' mouth. I can't walk away from that."


Al Jefferson doesn't plan to opt out of Hornets contract


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Hornets big man Al Jefferson can opt out of his contract with the team this offseason, but he told the media that he has no plans to do so, per the Charlotte Observer.

"I’ve got unfinished business here. That’s not even an option for me," Jefferson. "Unless something dramatic changed, I can’t see myself opting out, and leaving that bad taste in my mouth. And in the Charlotte Hornets’ mouth. I can’t walk away from that."

Jefferson will make $13.5 million next season, if he chooses to stay with the team. 


Hornets forward Al Jefferson: I need to redeem myself


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) After missing 17 games due to a knee issue, Hornets forward Al Jefferson said Thursday he needs to regain his health in order to return to being a dominant player.

"I still have a lot of great basketball in me, I just need rehabilitation," Jefferson said, per the team. "I just need to redeem myself."

To help lessen the wear and tear on his knees, Jefferson said he would like to lose 25 pounds, per The Charlotte Observer. He added that he doesn't expect to use his opt-out option this summer.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford agreed that Jefferson's health affected his playing ability this season.

"As a head coach, I'm responsible for individual players' years," Clifford said. "There's only five guys out there and a lot of [Jefferson's] issues were physical."

Despite the knee issues, Clifford said he has no concerns that Jefferson will continue to be plagued by injuries.

"I believe in him," Clifford said.


Five Hornets players ruled out for season finale


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/15/2015) The Hornets will play their season finale without the services of five key players, all of whom were ruled out by the team Wednesday.

Center Al Jefferson (knee), forwards Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) and Cody Zeller (shoulder), and guards P.J. Hairston (knee) and Lance Stephenson (toe) will not play against Toronto. 

The Hornets are 10-point underdogs against the Raptors. 


Hairston, Kidd-Gilchrist, Stephenson, others out for Hornets on Monday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/13/2015) The Hornets have announed that guard P.J. Hairston (right knee sprain), forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle), guard Lance Stephenson (toes) and center Al Jefferson (knee) are all out Monday against the Rockets.

The Hornets are 11.5-point underdogs against the Rockets.

Al Jefferson out for Hornets on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Al Jefferson (knee) has been ruled out of Sunday's Hornets game at the Pistons, the team announced.

Jefferson was originally listed as questionable for the game.

It'll be the fifth straight game that Jefferson will miss. The Hornets are seven and a half point underdogs on the road. 


Hornets rule Jefferson, Zeller, Stephenson, Kidd-Gilchrist out Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) The Hornets will be without center Al Jefferson (knee), forward Cody Zeller (shoulder), guard Lance Stephenson (toe) and forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) for Friday's game at Atlanta, reports NBA.com.

Center Bismack Biyombo, forward Noah Vonleh and guard Gerald Henderson should receive more playing time as a result of the absences.

The Hornets are 9 1/2-point underdogs.


Hornets C Al Jefferson (knee) won't play until Friday at the earliest


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) With Hornets center Al Jefferson continuing to be bothered by knee soreness, coach Steve Clifford said Jefferson will be held out of the next two games Tuesday and Wednesday, reports The Charlotte Observer.

Jefferson was not able to practice Monday and the earliest he'll play is Friday's game at Atlanta.


Hornets' Jefferson, Kidd-Gilchrist, Zeller out for Saturday against Sixers


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/4/2015) Hornets center Al Jefferson (knee), forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) and forward Cody Zeller (shoulder) are all out for Saturday against the 76ers, the team has announced.

Jefferson left Friday's game in Indiana with soreness in his right knee and did not return.

Kidd-Gilchrist hasn't played since March 27 and Zeller has played in just one game since March 11.


Hornets' Al Jefferson (knee) leaves Friday's game, may be shut down


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/3/2015) Hornets center Al Jefferson left Friday's game with right knee soreness and did not return, prompting coach Steve Clifford to contemplate shutting him down for the season, reports the Charlotte Observer.

Jefferson has been dealing with knee pain the last few weeks, having it drained before Wednesday's win against Detroit.

Hornets C Al Jefferson takes elbow to face during Wednesday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) In addition to dealing with a sore knee, Hornets center Al Jefferson will likely be suffering from a sore jaw after taking an elbow to his chin during Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

Jefferson was guarding Pistons forward Andre Drummond when Drummond elbowed Jefferson directly on the chin. Jefferson fell to ground, but he was able to remain in the game. Drummond was assessed a Flagrant-1 foul.


Hornets center Al Jefferson playing despite knee drain


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Hornets center Al Jefferson will play Wednesday against the Pistons despite having his knee drained before the game, reports the Associated Press.

Jefferson has been dealing with knee soreness a lot lately and will have the procedure done for the third time in the last few weeks. He is averaging 16.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.


Hornets center Al Jefferson gets fluid drained from knee


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Hornets center Al Jefferson recently had fluid drained from his left knee to help alleviate the soreness Jefferson has been experiencing, reports The Charlotte Observer.

It was the second time in a week Jefferson had fluid drained from the knee. Jefferson was only able to play 17 minutes during Saturday's win over the Hawks and scored just two points.

Despite dealing with the knee issue, Jefferson will play in Monday's game against the Celtics, the team announced.

The Hornets are 3 1/2-point favorites.


Hornets' Mo Williams, Al Jefferson set to start Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Despite being listed as questionable for the game, Hornets center Al Jefferson (knee) and guard Mo Williams (knee) will play Saturday against the Hawks, the team announced.

Jefferson has been bothered by the knee for awhile, but has not missed anytime with the injury. Williams has also not missed any time due to the injury.


Hornets F Al Jefferson, G Mo Williams questionable for Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3/28/2015) Hornets forward Al Jefferson (right knee soreness) and guard Mo Williams (left knee soreness) are listed as questionable for Saturday’s game against the Pelicans, according to the team’s injury report. 

Both Jefferson and Williams have not missed any time but have been battling knee pain this week.


Hornets center Al Jefferson scores 31 points in loss Friday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Hornets center Al Jefferson scored 31 points on 14 of 24 shooting from the field in Charlotte's 110-107 double overtime loss to the Wizards Friday.

Jefferson also pulled down 10 rebounds, leading to his second consecutive double-double and third in his last five games. 


Clifford: Al Jefferson is not going to be 100 percent the rest of the way


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Hornets coach Steve Clifford told reporters that center Al Jefferson will remain hobbled the rest of the way due to right knee soreness, while his team fights for a playoff spot, according to the Charlotte Observer.

"Al is not going to be 100 percent here the rest of the year. He is just not," Clifford said.

Jefferson was forced out of Monday's game against the Bulls in the second half due to knee soreness.

"I told him in the third quarter I don't want to have another thing like last season where you missed three weeks, so I'm not putting you back in," Clifford said of that game vs. the Bulls. "He argued a little bit because we were right there. But when I see him limping around, I go back to last time. We can't afford to lose him for three weeks."

After the game, he had some fluid drained from his sore knee that offered some relief and allowed him to play Wednesday against the Nets. He is averaging 17.0 points and 8.6 rebounds per game this season.

Jefferson is probable for Friday's clash against the Wizards, as his team sits 1/2 game behind the Celtics for the eighth and final playoff spot. Charlotte is a 3 1/2-point underdog, according to VegasInsider.com.


Hornets' Al Jefferson (knee) probable for Friday's Wizards game


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Hornets center Al Jefferson is probable for Friday's game against the Wizards, the team announced. 

Jefferson had his knee drained earlier this week after soreness forced him to leave Monday's game against the Bulls. He played Wednesday against the Nets, scoring 23 in a 91-88 loss. Jefferson is averaging 17.0 points and 8.6 rebounds per game this season. 


Al Jefferson's 21-point performance not enough in Hornets' loss


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3/25/2015) Center Al Jefferson left Monday's game with knee pain but returned Wednesday to score 23 points and post 10 rebounds in the Hornets' 91-88 loss to the Nets.

It's the fourth out of his last five games that Jefferson scored more than 17 points. Hornets coach Steve Clifford said after the game that Jefferson isn't close to 100 percent healthy and hasn't been in a while, the Associated Press reports.

''He's very competitive and you are never going to question his courage,'' Clifford said. ''But let's face it, he hasn't been healthy all year. Every time he gets close to 100 percent he has a setback. Right now he's not close to what he would like to be but he doesn't want to sit out. He battles but doesn't have his quickness and agility.''


Report: Hornets' Al Jefferson had his knee drained this week


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Hornets center Al Jefferson, who was forced out of Monday's game with soreness, had some fluid drained from his sore knee that offered some relief, per the Charlotte Observer. He's expected to play Wednesday night against the Nets, per the team's official website.

Jefferson is averaging 16.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game this season.

Charlotte is 3-point home favorite against Brooklyn, per VegasInsider.com.


Hornets expect Al Jefferson (knee) to play Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Despite dealing with knee soreness, Hornets center Al Jefferson is expected to play in Wednesday's game against the Nets, the team announced.

Jefferson left Monday's game after experiencing soreness in his knee and he did not return. In 59 games, he is averaging 16.9 points and 8.6 rebounds.

The Hornets are 3 1/2-point favorites.


Hornets' Al Jefferson injures knee against Bulls, not considered serious


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Hornets forward Al Jefferson was unable to finish Monday's game against the Bulls due to a sore right knee, according to the Hornets announcing team. The team later confirmed the injury.

Jefferson was deemed questionable to return to the game. He finished the game with 3 points on 1-of-7 shooting. He played 20 minutes, though only six of those were logged in the second half. 

The Bulls won 98-86. 

The team does not believe the injury to be serious, according to the Charlotte Observer.


Hornets C Al Jefferson (knee) will play against Jazz


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) The Hornets will have center Al Jefferson available Monday night against the Jazz, the team announced

Jefferson is coming off of a knee sprain, which forced him to miss Friday's game against the Bulls. Jefferson is averaging 17.2 points and 8.8 rebounds in 54 games. 

Jefferson is expected to start.