- 2015-16 – $13.5 million1
- 2016-17 – UFA
2015-16 Stats as of 12/23/15
- Chicago Bulls
- Dallas Mavericks
- New Orleans Pelicans
After going 4-2 in their first six games with Al Jefferson sidelined, commenters and pundits started to speculate that Charlotte Hornets didn’t need Jefferson and they’d look to shop him quietly. Those whispers have quieted as the Hornets are now 1-3 in their last four against at least three teams they should’ve beaten. Their only win came against the team they probably should’ve lost to, the Toronto Raptors.
It’s probably not the right decision to trade Jefferson because of a 4-2 stretch and it isn’t the right decision to avoid trading him because of a 1-3 stretch. But, Jefferson is a bit of a strange fit with their new offensive philosophy.
Teams looking to acquire the consistent big man know exactly what they’re going to get. There’s no mystery here. Jefferson is a slow-footed defender that has never fully utilized his size to its full defensive potential but has the chops to score on almost any big man in the NBA in the post while also shooting a nice percentage from the mid-range.
That’s a declining player in terms of the NBA’s desirability. Especially when it is tied to a player that is known as a bit of a black hole when he receives a pass. Jefferson’s still a near-20 PER guy season-to-season and is a good team defense guy, despite his shortcomings in one-on-one defense. Charlotte can get a good return for the 30-year-old, but they have to decide, based on a larger sample than six or four game stretches, if they can reach the playoffs without him.