Reports: Utah Jazz may let Al Jefferson test free agency
Utah Jazz power forward Al Jefferson may have played his last game in a Jazz uniform, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. The Jazz may let the talented big man walk away and test free agency while the franchise will focus on spending elsewhere.
Jefferson, a free-agent this summer, just completed the final year of a five year, $65 million extension he signed while he was a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. At $15 million a year, Jefferson was the highest paid player on the Jazz’s roster in 2012-13.
He was dealt from the Timberwolves to the Jazz in exchange for Kosta Koufos and two first-round picks in 2010. Jefferson averaged 17.8 points on 49.4 percent shooting and 9.8 rebounds-per-game last season with the Jazz.
Jefferson was taken by the Boston Celtics with the 15th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft.
Been hearing this one more and more lately: Rising sense out there that Jazz might simply let big man Al Jefferson walk in free agency—
Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 24, 2013
Shortly after the season ended, I heard that Al Jefferson was packing his bags and expecting to walk elsewhere as a free agent.—
Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 24, 2013