Emeka Okafor Turns Down $13 Mil a Year

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Okafor wants to stay a Bobcat
He says contract extension will happen eventually

The Charlotte Bobcats say they want center-forward Emeka Okafor for the long haul. Okafor says he wants to stay here. But that mutual desire wasn’t sufficient to complete a long-term agreement before Wednesday’s NBA deadline.

Okafor will be a restricted free agent come July, but he says that’s not the first step toward a departure from the team that drafted him in 2004.

“I plan to be here — I love the city, I love the team, I love the staff. It’s just a matter of time for things to work out,” he said after the last practice before tonight’s season opener against Milwaukee.

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