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    Co-leader TNT replacing Jalen Hudson with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

    Import gamble for Tropang Giga
    Feb 13, 2023
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

    TNT is not satisfied with a strong start in the PBA Governors' Cup.

    The Tropang Giga will be bringing in a new import in former NBA player Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to take the place of the high-scoring Jalen Hudson.

    The team is currently working on the clearance of the 28-year-old import from his Korean ballclub Jeonju KCC Egis to make him available in time for a game against Blackwater on Wednesday.

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    TNT has so far posted a 5-1 record for a share of the top spot with San Miguel and Converge, making the import switch quite a surprise.

    Hudson is actually doing well with the Tropang Giga, averaging 33.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in six games, while shooting a scorching 41 percent from three point range.


      But coach Jojo Lastimosa said the Tropang Giga need an import that plays inside.

      "Nothing wrong with his (Hudson) skills set. It's just that by getting an import that plays big and more around the basket, it makes our rotation better," he stressed.


      "We can play our wings more. With Jalen playing as a 3, we end up playing small."

      Hollis-Jefferson carries with him a basketball credential spiked by a six-year NBA tenure.

      A proud product of the Arizona basketball program, Hollis-Jefferson was a first round pick of the Brooklyn Nets in the 2015 draft and played for the franchise until 2019.

      He later signed with the Toronto Raptors after failing to get a qualifying offer from the Nets.

      The Pennsylvania native also had a brief stint with Portland Trailblazers.

      Overseas, he played in Turkey, Puerto Rico, and South Korea prior to agreeing to play for TNT.

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