Thursday April 16th, 2015

Hornets center Al Jefferson does not plan to opt out of his current contract with the team, he told reporters on Thursday.

In July 2013, Jefferson signed a three-year contract worth $40.5 million, with a player option for the final year. Jefferson could exercise that option this off-season and become a free agent.

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The 2015-16 season will be his third year in Charlotte and his twelfth in the NBA.

Charlotte had a 43-39 record and made the playoffs in Jefferson's first season with the team. The Hornets had playoff aspirations in 2014-2015 after signing Lance Stephenson in the offseason, but they finished with a 33-49 record and missed the postseason.

Jefferson averaged 16.6 points and 8.4 rebounds over 65 games with the Hornets this season.

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