Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 1 Month

Jefferson left Friday's game with cramps, the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell reports.

He finished with 34 points, nine boards, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 41 minutes. The game went into double overtime, and Jefferson probably played more minutes than Charlotte would typically intend. It probably won't be something that affects his status for Sunday's game, but it's something worth monitoring.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 2 Months

Jefferson scored a game-high 28 points (13-25 FG, 2-5 FT) with 10 rebounds and three blocks in 32 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Heat.

It's his second double-double of the season, and it helped snap Charlotte's 16-game losing streak against Miami. Jefferson may not be required to shoulder as big a load on offense this season given the Hornets' roster upgrades, but he'll still be one of the best available fantasy options at center.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 2 Months

Jefferson scored 19 points (8-19 FG, 3-4 FT) to go along with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and four blocks in 38 minutes during the Hornets' 71-69 loss versus the Grizzlies on Saturday.

That's eight blocks in two games thus far for Big Al, and though that average is going to be much closer to his 1.3 blocks per game career average, he should continue to be a solid double-double threat as long as he's able to stay healthy. The Hornets are a much different team from last year, but Jefferson is still their go-to-guy offensively, and he should again be a fantastic fantasy option in 2014-15.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 2 Months

Jefferson scored 14 points (6-15 FG, 2-3 FT) with 10 rebounds, four blocks, two assists and two steals in 40 minutes during Wednesday's OT win over the Bucks.

It should be the first of many double-doubles for Jefferson this season, although with an improved roster around him and more players competing for touches he may not be able to match last year's scoring pace.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 2 Months

Jefferson will not play Monday against the Hawks.

The veteran will take the night off to rest on the second half of a back-to-back. Jefferson had 12 points and eight rebounds in 32 minutes Sunday against Chicago.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 3 Months

Jefferson enters training camp devoid of the torn plantar fascia that impacted him in April's first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the Heat, the Charlotte Observer reports.

After suffering the injury in the postseason opener, 3-to-4 months passed before the majority of symptoms subsided. Although he's healed, Jefferson still experiences tightness in his left foot each morning, which is a normal aftereffect of such an ailment. He enters his second year in Charlotte as the unquestioned starting center, which should result in 35 minutes per game and near-nightly double-doubles once again.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 5 Months

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.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 5 Months

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.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 6 Months

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.

Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 7 Months

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.