It doesn't matter to Al Jefferson that the Charlotte Bobcats are a small market team that has struggled to find success in recent years.
What matters to Jefferson is the Bobcats made him feel wanted.
The 6-foot-10 center said he was blown away after meeting with team officials last week during a free agent visit, saying he ''couldn't sleep a wink'' in anticipation of signing with Charlotte.
''I can't express how happy I am to be here,'' said Jefferson, who was introduced at a press conference on Wednesday. ''The Charlotte Bobcats did a great job coming at me (in free agency) and made me feel like they were a team that really respected my game and made me feel like a part of the family.''
The Bobcats also announced they signed first-round draft pick Cody Zeller and waived forward Tyrus Thomas, designating him their amnesty player.
By waiving Thomas, the Bobcats will save $18.1 million in salary cap space over the next two seasons.
Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod ...