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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Bobcats agreed Thursday to a three-year, $40.5 million deal with free-agent center Al Jefferson from the Utah Jazz, people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

Jefferson will make $13.5 million in each year of the deal, with the third season being a player option.

The contract cannot be signed until July 10 when the NBA’s moratorium on signing new deals is lifted.

Jefferson, 28, gives the Bobcats a much-needed scoring threat in the low post. He should also help on the boards, another of Charlotte’s glaring weaknesses.

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The 6-foot-10, 289-pound Jefferson has averaged 18.8 points and 10 rebounds over the past seven seasons.


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