PETRON has tendered a contract offer to a former Washington Wizard Othyus Jeffers for the PBA Governors Cup.
The Petron offer was reportedly sent by San Miguel Corp. sports director Noli Eala to Jeffers through import agent Sheryl Reyes from Indonesia right after San Miguel Beer won its first-ever ABL crown.
Jeffers is listed as 6-foot-5 in the NBA, which is right on the limit for reinforcements in the season-ending tournament although he is expected to come in two inches shorter.
Jeffers' response to the Petron offer is set to be known in the next few hours.
The former University of Illinois cager should fit the mold Petron coach Olsen Racela wants for his import - someone versatile enough to play multiple positions.
Jeffers has played off-guard and small forward for much of his career, although scouting reports say he can also match up well with local players at the four spot.
A one-time Italian league import, Jeffers also played for the Iowa energy in the NBA D-League for three seasons where he averaged 19.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and two steals per game.
Before offering a contract to Jeffers, Petron had also considered John Milsap, DJ Kennedy, Jimmy Baxter, Bobby Jones and former PBA best import winner Arizona Reid who has since re-signed with Rain or Shine.
With Jeffers heading to Petron, only the Meralco Bolts and the Globalport Batang Pier are still without clear new on import prospects for the season-ending conference which kicks off on August 14.
Here is a list of teams with their import prospects for the Governors Cup.
1. Alaska Aces – Wendell McKines (confirmed)
2. Barangay Ginebra Kings – Dior Lowhorn (confirmed)
3. San Mig Coffee Mixers – Marqus Blakely (confirmed)
4. Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters – Tony Mitchell (confirmed)
5. Rain or Shine – Arizona Reid (confirmed)
6. Petron Blaze Boosters – Othyus Jeffers (waiting for response to offer)
7. Barako Bull Energy Cola – Michael Singletary (under evaluation)
8. Air21 Express – Zach Graham (confirmed)
9. Meralco Bolts – Mario West (pending)
10. Globalport Batang Pier – none yet