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Okafor Will Test The Market

Emeka Okafor has turned down a contract offer from the Charlotte Bobcats and will become a restricted free agent on July 1st.

The 6-foot-10 Okafor was the first draft pick in franchise history.

In a news conference back in March, Bobcats part-owner Michael Jordan listed "tying up Okafor" as one of the club's top offseason priorities. The day before training camp began, Okafor said "there's no doubt in my mind we'll get something done" before the October 31st deadline.

Okafor, the Number-2 overall pick in the 2004 draft, will make just over 5.4 million dollars this season in the final year of his rookie scale contract. The two sides can't negotiate again until July 1st.

The former Connecticut star has averaged 14.5 points and 10.9 rebounds in three seasons.


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