The Utah Jazz are in trouble as they are losing two big parts of their core. Both Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap want out and don’t plan to re-sign with the team. It’s not that the Jazz are terrible, they would likely just rather play for a team with higher chances of winning.
Enter: The Charlotte Bobcats.
Yes, the Bobcats will look to be a major player in free agency this summer and are in hot pursuit of one of the Jazz big men as we speak.
Free agent Al Jefferson is expected to visit Charlotte on Wednesday to meet with Bobcats officials, league source tells Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2013
Al Jefferson is looked at as maybe the best available free agent outside of Dwight Howard and Chris Paul — who has agreed to return to the Los Angeles Clippers — and the Bobcats, well, they’re just not good.
Should the Bobcats lure Jefferson to Charlotte for some ungodly reason, they will have actually improved their team quite a bit this offseason. Of course I have not been a fan of their recent draft pick in Cody Zeller, but hey, what can you do about it now? Absolutely nothing.
They might as well move forward and build on what they have. If that means Jefferson and Zeller, I’m not too upset if I am a Charlotte fan. Jefferson is one of the rare guys in the NBA who can still get you double figures in both points and rebounds on a consistent basis. The Bobcats have been anything but consistent since their existence, and Jefferson would be the big splash they are looking for.
Jefferson has a few teams after him, with Charlotte of course being the least desirable place to play out of all of them. You don’t even need to know the other teams. Believe me, the Bobcats are home to the least desirable place to play in all of basketball right now.
But, if Charlotte can pull this one off I could see them being able to possibly grab another piece or two to join Jefferson and quite feasibly compete for an eighth seed next season. On one hand, I can’t believe I just said that. On the other, well, anything can happen I guess.