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Will Al Jefferson opt out?


It seems like the obvious answer is NO, He would not pass up that final year of guaranteed money...

But lets look at it this way. Al is not getting ANY younger. He is on the wrong side of 30 and he has tons of mileage on him because he came straight out of high school. Does he want to risk trying to get a big money long term contract a year from now after possibly coming off of a second sub-par or injury riddled season?

If his agent feels like there is another team out there that is willing to give him a multiyear big money deal then why would he take the risk?

It's hard to pass up money on the table.

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What do you think he will do?


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    i mentioned in another thread that on the "bill don't lie" pod, both simmons and lowe penned Al as an available center saying he was certain to opt out. i think he does. he can pass this season off on injuries and sell last year as the norm. if he goes into next season and doesn't go back to last year's performance OR gets traded, his long term value could go way down. i would think that if he thinks he can get 3 or 4 years at 10 or 11 per (maybe even higher with the cap craziness), i think he has to go for it.

     

    edit: i just pray that charlotte has the sense to not be the team to give it to him. even better, work out a sign and trade extension type deal, if it is even possible

    i mentioned in another thread that on the "bill don't lie" pod, both simmons and lowe penned Al as an available center saying he was certain to opt out. i think he does. he can pass this season off on injuries and sell last year as the norm. if he goes into next season and doesn't go back to last year's performance OR gets traded, his long term value could go way down. i would think that if he thinks he can get 3 or 4 years at 10 or 11 per (maybe even higher with the cap craziness), i think he has to go for it.

     

    edit: i just pray that charlotte has the sense to not be the team to give it to him. even better, work out a sign and trade extension type deal, if it is even possible

     

    The thought of watching a 34 year old Big Al defending the post does not please me at all.

    I think if we just link Al up with some of the knowledge here on expert village he will be fine, and well worth the money.  Gotta work on his chair position.

     

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    @JPlowright_NBA
    Apr 09 2015 10:34 AM

    I mean, if I were him I would opt in, hope for a healthier more productive season andsee if Clifford and this team can get back in the playoffs. Then he would become a FA in 2016 with the new TV deal where he can sign his last decent sized contract.

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    InProblematique
    Apr 09 2015 11:16 AM

    I mean, if I were him I would opt in, hope for a healthier more productive season andsee if Clifford and this team can get back in the playoffs. Then he would become a FA in 2016 with the new TV deal where he can sign his last decent sized contract.

    That's my line of thought as well. He'll get more money in 2016.

     

    I guess he could ask for a deal structured to bump his pay in 2016, but it seems far more likely that he just plays here to finish up the contract.

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    BrotherDave
    Apr 09 2015 12:06 PM

    He opts out and resigns a 3-4 year deal with Charlotte b/c God hates me.  

    He opts out and resigns a 3-4 year 5-year max deal with Charlotte b/c God hates me.  

     

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                   If he opts in we try and trade him for young assets to get some value for him . If he opts out most teams will want to do a sign and trade. Again we look for assets . Like Ziggy said he's on the wrong side of 30 and getting slower ever day. Some of it could be the injury's .  I have heard from two people at the arena with no real knowledge that work their . Rumors of MJ saying he's ready to spend what it take's to contend . My fear is we spend bad . Like taking on Mellos  4 years for expiring's , Then do Al and a combination  of first for Monroe sign and trade.. In other words I think MJ is willing to mortgage the house.

    Cool that MJ might be willing to drop some coin. Now he can fire everyone and hire replacement folks from the "Better than the guys I actually hired because I want to give scrubs a shot first" list. Now that the list should be down to only winners, we're in great shape to make only supercalifragilisticexpalidocious hires.

    I really have no idea on this one.  

     

    I understand the long term benefits of opting out for a multi year contract.  

     

    But as an athlete you gotta be thinking 11 mil this year, and big year next year for a contract around 4-11 at least.  

     

    So opt out = 44 mil

    Opt in = 55 mil ?

     

     

    I guess when you list it like that, there's no real advantage to staying in Charlotte for his final year.  

    God I hope so
    If Big Al really opts out, look out for FA to be Brook Lopez!
    Can't he just pull a LeBron and opt out and sign a contract that guarantees money for 4 years in case of injury but, he can opt after year 1.
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    Mackey_Rose
    Apr 10 2015 09:13 AM
    If he opts out, which he should, it seems like it would be foolish for Charlotte not to re-sign their only above average offensive player.

    It's funny that the only people who want us to resign Al Jefferson are Eastern Conference rivals. People who don't watch our games, and who don't have our best interest in mind. 

    Im not against him opting in. My main thing is I dont want cliff (and maybe the players) to rely on him so heavily to get points. Offense gets stagnant and predictable. .of course it helps when you have more than 1 efficient scorer but still when your plan A is a unhealthy big man to carry the whole team and your plan B is your 2 point guards to chuck up 20 shots a game at 30 percent clip then your destined to fail

    It's funny that the only people who want us to resign Al Jefferson are Eastern Conference rivals. People who don't watch our games, and who don't have our best interest in mind. 

     

    I take it this is partially a shot at me? For saying that Charlotte would need to make follow-up moves if Al walks? Because they'll need to make some follow-up moves if Al walks. 

    I take it this is partially a shot at me? For saying that Charlotte would need to make follow-up moves if Al walks? Because they'll need to make some follow-up moves if Al walks. 

    I think that goes without saying whatever side of the opt-in/out-out line you fall on.  If anyone here is advocating rolling with Kemba, Junior, Mike, Cody, and Biz as our starting unit next season, I'm very worried.

    If he opts out, which he should, it seems like it would be foolish for Charlotte not to re-sign their only above average offensive player.

    if we even consider resigning him for multiple years cho should be fired on the spot

    if we even consider resigning him for multiple years cho should be fired on the spot


    If the numbers are not ridiculous (max) I think Cho will. Not that I necessarily want to. But without him dont think Hayward would have signed.

    I just Dont think any good player will wanna come play with a squad of Kemba, hendo, mike zeller and biz. But who knows. I still say he opts in for 1 more year
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    BrotherDave
    Apr 10 2015 10:26 PM

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    I don't think even God or Cho hates me that much.  I'll straight up convert to Norse gods if Al gets a max contract from us.

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    CarolinaBlue23
    Apr 11 2015 11:22 AM

    BIG AL has done nothing to deserve another max deal in Charlotte. He put up really solid numbers last season but this season it was easy to see he was not the same guy. Plus with this being the 2nd season in a row he didn't end the season healthy enough to help the team. Max money should not even be an option. While I rather see the team move in another direction. In two years I rather see a taller post player with a good offensive game & a solid defensive game as the starting center. Tired of seeing opposing centers dominate BIG AL night after night. 

    BIG AL has done nothing to deserve another max deal in Charlotte. He put up really solid numbers last season but this season it was easy to see he was not the same guy. Plus with this being the 2nd season in a row he didn't end the season healthy enough to help the team. Max money should not even be an option. While I rather see the team move in another direction. In two years I rather see a taller post player with a good offensive game & a solid defensive game as the starting center. Tired of seeing opposing centers dominate BIG AL night after night.


    It was a joke.
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    Mike Kidd-Trilchrist
    Apr 15 2015 02:50 AM

     

    you would have to take him at his word. at the very least, he opts in. another possibility, he drops his yearly figure and signs a longer term extension giving the hornets flexibility. perhaps going 4 years 10 mil per. 

     

    if i am cho and clifford, i would be looking to build the best team around him this offseason. tough choices regarding kemba, cody and hendo. i think mkg has made his case defensively that unless a real franchise guy pops up he has to stay. given all that, kemba is biggest player asset this offseason for which to start building a better team.

     

    like i said earlier, i am super excited to see what this offseason brings.





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