It appears point guard Kemba Walker played some degree of matchmaker when it came to center Al Jefferson becoming a Charlotte Bobcat.

According to a source familiar with the situation, Walker identified Jefferson, a low-post scorer, as the unrestricted free agent best suited to filling a team need. So the team encouraged him to reach out to Jefferson in the offseason to gauge his interest.

Walker and Jefferson share an agent, Jeff Schwartz, so they had a connection. When Walker ran into Jefferson in New York, he lobbied Jefferson to consider the Bobcats, with Jefferson’s contract expiring with the Utah Jazz.

Apparently Walker did a pretty good sales job: The Bobcats scheduled a visit with Jefferson as soon as the formal free-agent recruitment period began July 1. He was in town July 2 and 3, and agreed to a three-year, $41 million contract midday on July 4. Dallas and New Orleans both expressed interest, but the Bobcats were the only team Jefferson visited.