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March 09, 2009

Bobcats to sign D-league point guard

Charlotte Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins just confirmed the team will sign Dontell Jefferson, a point guard in the NBA's developmental league, to a 10-day contract Wednesday.

Jefferson is averaging 18.6 points, 5.5 assists and 4.9 rebounds for the D-League's Utah franchise. The Bobcats have an open roster spot, so nothing must be done to clear space for Jefferson.

The Bobcats will wait until Wednesday, when the team returns from a road trip to San Antonio, to avoid wasting days of Jefferson's 10-day. Tuesday he wouldn't be able to practice, and there's little reason to think he'd play versus the Spurs.

The Bobcats sent two rookies -- Alexis Ajinca and Sean Singletary -- to the D-League's Sioux Falls (S.D.) Skyforce Monday. They're expected to spend at least a week with that franchise.

Jefferson could potentially fill coach Larry Brown's desire to have a bigger third point guard. Jefferson, who played college ball at Arkansas, is four inches taller than 6-foot Singletary, who hasn't played much lately for the Bobcats.

Posted by Observer Sports on March 9, 2009 at 05:38 PM | Permalink


I thought Brown wanted to keep Ajinca on the team and not send him to the D Leauge. Oh well, lets make it seven in a row tomorrow night guys!

Posted by: marvel | Mar 9, 2009 6:33:59 PM

Sean May needs to go to the D-League!

Posted by: OptimusPrime | Mar 9, 2009 10:42:59 PM

Ajinca's just another fine example of the draft excellence of the Jordanaires.

Posted by: Don | Mar 9, 2009 11:38:21 PM

I'll say it again...

Perhaps the last we'll see of Singletary in a Bobcats uniform? I guess we'll have to wait and find out how Jefferson meshes with the team and LB before we know the answer.

Posted by: David | Mar 10, 2009 1:05:59 AM

I mean Singletary was essentially a low-risk addition to the Richardson/Dudley for Diaw/Bell. Basically, if he worked out great, but otherwise I would say that we still got a very good deal. We lucked out getting a pretty decent player in Cartier Martin from the D-League. Maybe this guy will give us a similar boost.

Usually I am not for a team building from that league, but ultimately I have seen those young players coming in with a real drive. They are just trying to stick in the NBA, which makes them play incredibly hard. Larry Brown special.

Posted by: Ryan | Mar 10, 2009 7:12:36 AM

OptimusPrime stated "Sean May needs to go to the D-League".

I agree......the DONUT league.

Posted by: sascol | Mar 10, 2009 9:33:46 AM

Brown wants a bigger 3rd string PG? Marcus Williams was just waived from the Warriors. We should sign him asap. He's awesome in the half court with fantatic court vision.

Posted by: Snap Him Up! | Mar 10, 2009 12:19:53 PM

I can't Understand Why The Coach's Don't Let Ajinca Work On Upper Body Strength so He Can Handle The Center's. His Size Would be a Good rebounder.

Posted by: Jayball233 | Mar 10, 2009 12:36:50 PM

Ajinca needs a bit more upper and lower body strength, but really he's just a longer-leaner T. Prince. He is a 3 stuck in a 7-2 body. When he plays on the 3 (I've seen him with Singletary, Martin, Juwan and Nazr end of game cleanup) he makes great shots and defends the smaller guys like no one's business,just gets pushed a bit more than is good.

Posted by: tattoo | Mar 10, 2009 2:55:54 PM

leads to a good question, we grooming him for Post or as a super tall 3?

Posted by: A Fan | Mar 10, 2009 5:04:44 PM

Well he wouldn't be the first super tall 3 coming out of Europe. Nowitzki and Bargnani have both been used as small forwards. Regardless of his height, I always saw Ajinca as a mobile power forward playing alongside Okafor. With the necessary strength he'd make a nice front court with Diaw as well. Even though he's really raw, you have to admit his talent makes sense as a 20th pick.

Posted by: Bobby | Mar 10, 2009 6:49:06 PM

Neither: He's a power forward.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Mar 10, 2009 10:03:28 PM

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