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However, Jordan said he remains committed to the Bobcats and said he’s tried to be transparent with the fans about the direction of the team.

This past offseason he used the amnesty clause on forward Tyrus Thomas, a move that took his hefty contract off the books.

Jordan still has to pay Thomas $18 million, but the move freed up that money under the salary cap as part of a one-time policy under the new collective bargaining agreement. The Bobcats used that money to sign Jefferson to three-year $41 million contact and to re-sign guard Gerald Henderson for $18 million over three seasons.

“I mean, that was a statement,” Jordan said of his commitment to the Bobcats. “I still have to pay more than $17 million, but it was a move that we needed to make to build and go get a guy like Big Al.”

Jordan also feels like he finally has the right man in charge in new coach Steve Clifford, a long-time NBA assistant who took over for Mike Dunlap, who was fired after one season.

“We’re focused on what we’re trying to do,” Jordan said. “I think the direction we’re moving is positive. … It is baby steps. Every now and again you have a hiccup. But I must admit that we’re headed in the right direction and I’m very happy with that.”

The Bobcats, however, along with other small market NBA teams, are at a disadvantage with potential free agents like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh _ who all could be a part of the 2014 class.

The stars want to go “where the lights are,” Jordan said.

He said last year he didn’t think the new CBA did enough to help level the playing field for small market teams in terms of helping them land _ or keep _ a high-profile difference maker in free agency.

A year later, after seeing the system at work, he has eased up on that stance.

“It’s better,” Jordan said. “We are still going through and seeing the full effects of it. From a business standpoint if you operate your team in the right way it gives you a chance to break even or be profitable. And it makes it more difficult for your talent to get up and go somewhere else.

“You can provide more advantages than other teams to keep your player. It’s a fair assessment that if you get your star you can get parity within the league. I think parity is starting to happen within the league.”

Jordan doesn’t feel players orchestrating deals that land a trio of stars in big markets to form a “big three” is necessarily good for the game.

“I’m not a big advocate for it,” Jordan said. “I came from an era where it didn’t happen. If that happened to evolve from the draft, then you seemed pretty smart.”

Now he’s trying to make that happen in Charlotte.