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Bobcats sign free agent Al Jefferson, rookie Cody Zeller; use amnesty clause on Tyrus Thomas

Al Jefferson says he's thrilled to join the Charlotte Bobcats, regardless of their market size and recent struggles.

The 6-foot-10 center says he was blown away after meeting with team officials last week and "couldn't sleep a wink" in anticipation of signing with Charlotte. The move became official Wednesday as the Bobcats introduced their newest free agent acquisition at a press conference.

The Bobcats also announced they have signed first-round draft pick Cody Zeller and waived forward Tyrus Thomas, designating him their amnesty player.

Jefferson says he's thrilled to sign with the Bobcats because "they're a team that respects my game and wanted me to be a part of their family."

Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins says Jefferson gives the team the low-post presence it needed.