TALK ‘N Text faces the prospect of playing without an import in the lone PBA Governors Cup game on Monday against Alaska and its new coach Alex Compton at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Import Othyus Jeffers could either sit out the 8 p.m. game or altogether leave the country after just playing one game for the Tropang Texters owing to complications with his contract with NBA team Minnesota.
A Talk ‘N Text insider told Spin.ph on Sunday that problems with Jeffers’ contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves could prevent him from suiting up for the team opposite the Aces.
Initially, it was believed the 6-foot-3 Jeffers was given a release by the Timberwolves, his most recent team in the NBA, only for a contract misunderstanding to crop up at the last minute.
That prompted Talk `N Text to get a standby import in Rodney Carney over the weekend while awaiting a ruling from the world basketball body (Fiba).
“Othyus practiced with the team on Sunday. The team prepared with Othyus as if he can play while waiting for an official letter coming from Fiba (head office) in Geneva (Switzerland) if he’ll be given the clearance to continue playing,” the source, who requested not to be named, told Spin.ph.
The energetic Jeffers played six games for the T-Wolves towards the end of the 2014 NBA regular season. He was named NBA D-League co-MVP after posting averages of 20.9 points, to go with 9.9 rebounds, and 2.2 steals just before receiving a call-up from the T-Wolves.
Jeffers, who turns 29 in August, easily fit in with the Tropang Texters after debuting for 38 points, 13 rebounds, and two steals to help the team open the season-ending tournament with a 105-99 victory over sister team Meralco on Wednesday.
Meantime, Carney played in the NBA for five seasons, owning career averages of 5.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in 15.4 minutes in a total of 299 games played.
Carney, who is listed at 6-4 and 3/4, played for the University of Memphis in college before joining the NBA 2006 Draft. He was selected as the 16th overall pick by the Chicago Bulls but was traded afterwards to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Carney played for four NBA teams - the Sixers, the Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, and finally Memphis Grizzlies.