Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 25 Days

Al Jefferson (plantar fasciitis) declined to join Team USA this summer in order to allow his foot to completely heal.

"I was contacted, but I was just trying to focus on getting my foot healed and getting ready for upcoming season," said Jefferson. He has been practicing without pain since early June, so his decision to skip the FIBA World Cup seems almost entirely a precautionary move to limit the wear-and-tear on his body. Charlotte finished 7th in the Eastern Conference last year and they'll look to get a higher seed with Lance Stephenson aboard this season.

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Al Jefferson is excited to be playing alongside Lance Stephenson.

"I'm excited about Lance," Jefferson said. "We're all going to be on the same page as far as defense, and defense dictates the offense. But Lance is a playmaker. That's the reason he led the NBA in triple-doubles last year. He's got this nastiness about his game that you want on your team. I was really excited to hear he signed with us and he wanted to do that. I think he's got a lot to prove, and he wants to show people he can be a great superstar in this league." Stephenson is set to have big year in Charlotte.

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Hornets coach Steve Clifford believes that Al Jefferson's presence will help the team lure free agents to Charlotte this summer.

"He's dramatically changed where we're at as a franchise from one year to the next," Clifford said about his All-NBA center. "He's made this a more attractive place for people to come and play. No question about that." Jefferson said that he's already recruiting free agents and owner Michael Jordan may be ready to splurge for key acquisitions to help his team improve upon their 43-39 record from the 2013-14 season, which ended with a first-round loss to the Heat.

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Al Jefferson (foot) said he's no longer in pain from his plantar fascia injury.

He was back at practice on Wednesday after missing Game 4 of the first round back on Apr. 28. Jefferson bookended his 2013-14 with an ankle injury to start his season, but he went on a terrific 73-game run during his first season with the Bobcats. He'll be one of the first big men off the board in fantasy leagues next season.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 3 Months

Al Jefferson (plantar fasciitis) is back to practicing after being shut down during the playoffs.

Jefferson had been on a regimen of rest and riding a stationary bike since the end of April, but was spotted on the practice floor on Tuesday morning. Big Al had a great first season with the Bobcats in averaging 21.8 points, 10.8 boards, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.1 blocks and should be considered one of the top centers in fantasy going into 2014-15 drafts once he's fully healthy.

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The Charlotte Bobcats officially changed their mascot back to the Hornets on Friday.

The Bobcats era is over after 10 seasons (2004-2014). Although there is no real significant history to speak of, all the statistics of the Bobcats and the 1998-2002 Hornets will remain with Charlotte. The team also plans to unveil their new jerseys on June 19th.

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Al Jefferson (foot) has been told that he will be fine after resting for two weeks and then riding a stationary bike for two weeks.

Jefferson has plenty of time to get over his plantar fasciitis now that the Bobcats are out of the playoffs, so he shouldn't have any trouble sticking to this timetable over the next month. Jefferson put together a solid campaign in his first season in Charlotte with averages of 21.8 points, 10.8 boards, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.1 blocks. With a full offseason to recover, Jefferson should have no trouble again finishing as a Top 30 fantasy player and could even break his way into the Top 20-25 if he can stay healthy all year.

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Al Jefferson (foot) will not play in Game 4 on Monday night vs. the Heat.

He was doubtful since the morning and coach Steve Clifford said his big man would have likely been out 2-3 weeks. They're down 3-0 due to Jefferson playing at way less than 100 percent and will likely get swept tonight. Jefferson also said earlier today that he doesn't expect to have off-season surgery on his ankle, which was a bigger problem earlier in the season. Bismack Biymobo figures to get the start while Cody Zeller and Anthony Tolliver could get more run.

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Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said that Al Jefferson (foot) is doubtful to play in Game 4 on Monday.

"He couldn't do anything [at shootaround] this morning," Clifford said. If Big Al doesn't suit up it could be a disappointing end to the season for Charlotte, which faces a daunting 0-3 hole in the series and isn't going anywhere with their star player hobbled by a torn plantar fascia. His status isn't likely to be officially determined until just before tip-off.

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Coach Steve Clifford said Al Jefferson (foot) will be a game-time decision for Monday's Game 4 against the Heat.