According to NBA reporter David Pick, former Austin Spurs forward Cory Jefferson has signed with the Alaska Aces of the Philippine Basketball Association.
Source: Spurs D-League forward Cory Jefferson signing with Philippines club Alaska Aces, has Euroleague offers for 2017-18.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) March 15, 2017
Some information about the Alaska Aces, who are a pretty storied franchise in the PBA:
- The Aces have been around since 1986, originally joining the PBA as the Alaska Milkman. They became the Aces in 2001.
- The Aces have appeared in various Finals 30 times, winning 14 championships.
- In 1996, the Aces completed the rare “grand slam” which includes winning three championships in one season.
Here’s our original story on Jefferson being waived:
AUSTIN – According to Chris Reichert of The Step Back, the Austin Spurs have waived forward Cory Jefferson.
The Austin Spurs have waived Cory Jefferson. Hearing he could be signing in the Philippines #NBADL
— Chris Reichert (@Chris_Reichert) March 15, 2017
The news should come as a bit of a surprise, with the Spurs in the midst of a five game road trip, but Austin doesn’t play until Friday.
If the news is true that he’s signing in the Philippines, it may be a financially motivated move. With the Austin Spurs all but virtually eliminated from the playoffs, Jefferson playing overseas allows him to stay sharp and continue his development, while making a considerable amount more than he would stateside.
“I’m just continuing to play the way I play and whatever happens, happens,” Jefferson told the Project Spurs Network recently on the subject of not getting called up this season. “It’s not really much I can do other than that.”
Jefferson played 42 games for the Austin Spurs, starting in 36 of them. He averaged 15.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 28.3 minutes per game. Jefferson shot 48 percent from the field, while knocking down 3-pointers at a rate of 38 percent.
We’ll have more on Jefferson and the potential roster moves that could be forthcoming.