Bobcats open free agency with pursuit of Al Jefferson

Bobcats will pursue Al Jefferson as a free agent.    (USATSI)
Bobcats will pursue Al Jefferson as a free agent. (USATSI)

Ken Berger of reports that the Charlotte Bobcats are opening up the 2013 free agency period by pursuing Jazz forward/center Al Jefferson

Jefferson averaged 18 points and nine rebounds last season for Utah, and is considered one of the best available free agents in this class. He would instantly become the best player on the rebuilding Bobcats, who drafted forward/center Cody Zeller in Thursday's draft. 

Jefferson is the kind of player the Bobcats can afford to toss a huge offer to, and take a gamble on. Paired with Bismack Biyombo, the Bobcats' frontcourt might be able to make a little bit of progress since.... the establishment of the franchise. 

The Jazz have sent mixed signals about their intentions regarding efforts to re-sign Jefferson. The cats 

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