Charlotte Hornets

Center Al Jefferson says he’d take pay cut to remain with Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson, left, says he would take a pay cut to remain with the team next season.
Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson, left, says he would take a pay cut to remain with the team next season. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Center Al Jefferson, who was a breakthrough free-agent signing three summers ago, would like to end his NBA career as a Charlotte Hornet.

"There’s nowhere that I’d rather be," Jefferson said Monday. "The things that this franchise did over the last three years have been amazing and I’ve been part of it. I know there’ a whole other business side to this, but I really want to be here. I’d like to end my career here."

Jefferson made $13.5 million this season, the last on the contract he signed with the then-Bobcats in the summer of 2013. He’d likely have to take a considerable pay cut to fit in the Hornets’ plans, and he indicated he’d be OK with that.

"Most definitely," said Jefferson, who played much of this season as a reserve. "I’ve been in the league for a long time and I’ve done right by my money. So at this point, going into my 13th year and I’m 31 years old, this is the best situation.

"I’m not at the point in my career where I’m chasing the big check."

Jefferson said he’d like the chance to finish what he helped start when he signed in Charlotte.

"People thought it was crazy when I signed here, but I could see what Kemba (Walker) and Mike (Kidd-Gilchrist) and coach Clifford were going to do," Jefferson said. "I was happy to be a part of that and I’d like to stay a part."

Rod Boone contributed to this story.

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