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Okafor to be monitored

News: The Hornets plan to keep a close eye on center Emeka Okafor’s progress during the summer before making a decision on what they will do with the veteran, who missed 39 games in 2011-12 with a left knee injury and has two years left on his contract. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the team could use their amnesty clause provision on him, after younger big men like Gustavo Ayon and Jason Smith showed potential this season.

Analysis: Okafor missed most of the final three months of the season with the knee injury, which never received an official diagnosis. He underwent a number of tests, but all the team ever said publicly is that he was “sore.” The team says he will work out with some of their younger players to test the strength of the knee before they decide how they will proceed. Okafor’s numbers dropped to their lowest level this season, as he averaged a career low 9.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game in 27 contests, and it will be interesting to see what happens with him this summer, as he turns 30 before the start of next season. Despite the uncertainty surrounding him, he should still be considered a No. 2 Fantasy center next season, worth targeting with a late middle round selection on Draft Day.

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