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Bobcats make signing Okafor to longer deal a 'priority'

Updated: July 7, 2008, 12:31 AM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Bobcats vs. Emeka Okafor. Part II.

For the second straight summer, the Bobcats will try to lock up the first draft pick in team history to a long-term contract. This time, however, the sense of urgency is greater because Okafor becomes a restricted free agent Tuesday.

While the Bobcats can match any offer another team makes -- and few teams have the salary cap space to offer the power forward big money -- managing partner Michael Jordan showed ...

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