Wojnarowski also reported it isn’t yet known if the third year of Jefferson’s new contract is fully guaranteed.
The move is somewhat surprising considering Jefferson indicated toRick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer at the beginning of May that he wanted to stay with the Hornets: “There’s nowhere that I’d rather be. The things that this franchise did over the last three years have been amazing, and I’ve been part of it. I know there’s a whole other business side to this, but I really want to be here. I’d like to end my career here.”
Bonnell noted Jefferson made $13.5 million in 2015-16 but was willing to consider a pay cut for 2016-17 to stay in Charlotte. Jefferson even decided not to opt into free agency before the 2015-16 season and to remain with the Hornets, per Stein.
Alas, he will no longer suit up for Charlotte as he joins a new team in search of an elusive championship ring.