As the NBA Finals commence, so does the NBA offseason where plenty of talent will flood the market this summer.
Much of the skill that will be available has plenty of Development League experience, and with two-way contracts coming to the NBA next season, opportunities will arise for those who haven’t been able to crack an NBA roster on a full-time basis.
Enter former Austin Spurs forward Cory Jefferson.
As we wrote back in March, once the Spurs were out of the playoff picture, Jefferson was waived by the silver and black so he could sign overseas with the Alaska Aces of the Philippine Basketball Association.
The ability to sign with the Aces allowed Jefferson to continue playing competitive basketball at a high level, while receiving a larger payday in comparison to the D-League’s salaries.
As our very own Michael De Leon wrote in his feature piece, Jefferson’s focus is only to improve his game and let the rest take care of itself.
Since joining the Aces, Jefferson’s numbers have been staggering. The 6-foot-9 forward is averaging 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 11 games while also shooting 52 percent from the field and 47 percent on 3-pointers.
Despite Jefferson’s strong showing, the Aces are in the midst of the worst losing streak in franchise history. After starting the season 4-0, the Aces have lost seven straight games, most recently blowing a 21-point lead to the Star Hotshots, eventually losing in overtime.
Now standing at 4-7, the Aces will face off against GlobalPort Batang Pier in a tiebreaker for the eighth and final playoff spot in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs. Both teams will face off on Sunday, June 4th at 6:30 p.m. in Manila (5:30 a.m. Central Standard Time) from the Mall of Asia Arena. The winner will move on to face 1-seed Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on June 6th.
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