Just 48 hours after a useless late boss to try to extend Elan Béarnais ‘season (34 points at 9/18, 2 rebounds and 5 decisive passes in Match 4 of the semi-final against’ AS Monaco), Brandon Jefferson (1.73 m, 30 years old) has already found his new employer for the 2022/23 season: at the end of last week, Betclic ELITE’s best marker said yes in Tianjin, recently 12th in the Chinese championship, where he succeeds to ex-manceau Taylor Rochestie at the head of the Pioneers.
If he was still under contract with Pau-Lacq-Orthez, he is all but surprised to see him leave the Pyrenees, given the care he had given us ten days ago. “I also have an exit clause for this so I can leave, I can go no matter where,” he told us, in two sentences marking his arrogance in the face of the situation at the Palois club. But the destination is a little more, one that had clearly set the EuroLeague as a priority goal for the future. Confirm the information, the former mayor of Orléans and Strasbourg explained to us the reasons for his choice.
“It’s a dream come true. I always said that I wanted to go either to EuroLeague or to China. The CBA is one of the best championships in the world. I am happy that they wanted to make me come, happy to have received an offer from China. I returned the humility and continued the travailler inside the car as it was inside your car. I started in the second Italian division, and then in Pro B, to advance to one of the most successful championships on the planet. I couldn’t have hoped for better! If that’s the content of my decision, I don’t put it in question and I know I could always come back to Europe if I wanted to. From now on, I am happy to go to China. »
In a tournament where teams are only entitled to two foreign players, Brandon Jefferson will certainly be sure to find himself in the center of the equation, with huge ticket shoots between hands. Inspired by the CBA Americans’ CV, with the recent signature of former draft No. 2 Michael Beasley, Brandon Jefferson was also convinced by Tianjin’s financial proposal. “It was an offer I couldn’t refuse,” he agrees. At 30 years old, after a majority of his career spent with clubs in the third zone (Finland, Lega Due, Pro B), it is legitimate to see the Texan open up to a contract much higher than that. he could have hoped in France, even in Europe. Careers are short and some opportunities are not forced twice.
June 13, 2022 at 9:41 am
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