Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson says he doesn't plan to opt out of the contract with the team.
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.
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.
- Erick Fernandez