When Charlotte Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins texted his point guard to tell him the team was signing center Al Jefferson Kemba Walker replied this way:

“I almost shed a tear when I saw this.”

A low-post scorer like Jefferson can make Walker’s job so much easier. Higgins detailed Tuesday how central Walker was to successfully recruiting Jefferson a potential game-changer for the Bobcats.

At Walker’s post-season exit meeting with Higgins and general manager Rich Cho Walker was asked what upcoming free agent might be most helpful. Walker pulled out his phone called up a list of those players and said Jefferson was clearly at the top of his choices.

So Higgins reminded Walker that he and Jefferson share an agent Jeff Schwartz so it was now Walker’s job to start the sales pitch months before Jefferson officially became a free agent July 1.

Walker went to work scheduling a meal with Jefferson in New York City to express what a good fit this could be. The Bobcats followed up on that effort by immediately making a pitch at midnight the first day of free-agency. Jefferson flew in for a visit expressed his desire to sign here and the deal was done.

What are the Bobcats getting?

“Al addresses so many needs for us’’ Higgins said a week out from the start of training camp at UNC Asheville Oct. 1. “Once we decided to amnesty Tyrus Thomas ownership gave us the green light to find a difference-maker. He is a difference-maker.”

Jefferson will force opposing teams to double-team him in the post which should create better shot opportunities along the perimeter. New coach Steve Clifford says Jefferson “instantly’’ becomes the Bobcats’ best offensive player.

Higgins said the cherry on top in regard to Jefferson is he should be good for young big men Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo.

“Al is also a mentor. He said he loved working with Enes Kantor and Derrick Favors (on Jefferson’s former team the Utah Jazz)” Higgins said. “He can be a big plus for Cody and Biz.”