Hornets’ Al Jefferson (calf) cleared to play, will start serving suspension

Jefferson was suspended for five game by the NBA earlier in December for violating the league’s Anti-Drug Program.
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Charlotte Hornets forward Al Jefferson, who had been out with a calf strain, has been cleared to play and will begin serving his five-game suspension on Wednesday in Orlando, the team announced.

Jefferson was suspended for five games by the NBA earlier this month for violating the league’s Anti-Drug Program, but couldn’t begin serving the ban due to the injury. which he sustained on Nov. 29.

Before the injury, the 30-year-old was averaging 14.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest this season. Cody Zeller has taken over the starting job in his absence, and averaged 11 points and 4.3 rebounds in six games. The Hornets have gone 4–2 in that stretch.

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