posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 10:06 PM
CHARLOTTE -- The Charlotte Bobcats Monday signed first-round pick Emeka Okafor to a multi-year contract. As per team policy, terms of the deal were
not disclosed, but under the rookie salary scale, Okafor will make at least $10.05 million over three years with a fourth-year option.
Okafor, who was chosen with the second overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, became the first player ever selected by the expansion Bobcats.
"We are happy to have Emeka signed to a contract and ready to play basketball," general manager and head coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "He is a fine
young man and we are proud to have him represent our franchise and our country, both on and off the court." Charlotte, which was originally slated to
pick fourth, moved up to second in the NBA Draft after trading the fourth and 33rd selections to the Los Angeles Clippers and agreeing to take Predrag
Drobnjak in the expansion draft.
Okafor, a 6-11 center, led the University of Connecticut to the NCAA championship in April and was named the Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four
after scoring 24 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in the national championship game against Georgia Tech.