Sources: C Jefferson, Pacers reach 3-year deal

Al Jefferson and the Indiana Pacers have made a verbal agreement on a three-year, $30 million deal, league sources told ESPN’s Marc Stein.

Sources told ESPN that Jefferson is poised to sign a contract with no options when a leaguewide moratorium on signings and trades is lifted July 7.

Jefferson spent the past three seasons in Charlotte but joins Brooklyn-bound Jeremy Lin in leaving the Hornets on the first day of free agency.

With a number of free agents, Charlotte has focused on re-signing Nicolas Batum ‎– which it quickly achieved Friday — and retaining Marvin Williams.

The 31-year-old Jefferson, a veteran of 12 NBA seasons, averaged 12 points and 6.4 rebounds over 23.3 minutes per game while appearing in 47 contests (18 starts) for the Hornets last season. He earned $13.5 million in the final year of a contract he signed before the 2013 season.

Jefferson missed the first 11 games of the 2015-16 season — five games for a suspension for violating the league’s drug policy and six for a strained groin muscle. He played in two games before knee surgery sidelined him for 23 more.

He averaged 13.3 points and 6.1 rebounds in 24 minutes per game in Charlotte’s first-round playoff loss to the Miami Heat.

Information from ESPN staff writer Chris Forsberg was used in this report.

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