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    Jefferson, Bobcats reach agreement

  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Bobcats agreed on Thursday to a three-year, $40.5 million contract with free agent center Al Jefferson from the Utah Jazz, said people familiar with the situation.
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  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Bobcats agreed on Thursday to a three-year, $40.5 million contract with free agent center Al Jefferson from the Utah Jazz, said people familiar with the situation.
    Jefferson will make $13.5 million in each year of the deal, with the third season being a player option.
    The people spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't become official. The contract cannot be signed until July 10 when the NBA's moratorium on signing new deals is lifted.
    Jefferson, 28, gives the Bobcats a much-needed scoring threat in the low post, where they struggled last season.
    The 6-foot-10, 289-pound Jefferson has averaged 18.8 points and 10 rebounds per game over the last seven seasons. Last season, his third with the Jazz, he averaged 17.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
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