With 34 points Thursday night at the Palais des Sports, Brandon Jefferson had failed to turn Monaco to offer Pau-Orthez a decisive 5 match in the semi-finals. A final selection performance under the béarnais jersey for the American leader (1.75 m, 30 years) before leaving France. The former Orleans player (2018-2020) at Strasbourg (2020-2021) has committed to a season with the Tianjin Pioneers in the Chinese League (CBA).
« They made me an offer that I could not refuse. Since February-March, three Chinese teams have been following me. They were very aggressive, they made offers to me », Jefferson explained, combined on the phone Monday. « I would lie if I said that the money was not returned to the account ”Adds the leader, who will hit about four times more in China this season in Pau-Orthez.
Des offres plus rapides in China
A surprising but thought provoking choice. Betclic Elite’s best marker in the regular season (18.2 points per match) also ensures that ” [son] rêve was to play either in China, or in Euroligue After starting his career in the Italian second division and then in Pro B.
« Officers called me all season saying that they could get opportunities for me in Euroligue or in Eurocoupe. But my agent and I, we did not take anything seriously until there was no offer in front of us. And I had these offers in China Continued Jefferson, French Cup winner with the Palois this season.
Very close to Taqwa Pinero, the sporting director of Elan Béarnais, the pocket manager says he is considering staying in Pau-Orthez. « My family and I really loved our year in Pau. I was ready to prolong but the economic situation (from the club) complicated things and I could not have the salary that I would have loved », Said Jefferson. The first season under the pavilion of the American group CSG had dug a hole of two million euros on an estimated budget of 7.8 million while the Béarnais found the semi-finals for the first time since 2006.