Jaylen Hoard Signs In Israel

Free agent small forward Jaylen Hoard has signed a deal with newly-renamed Israel club Hapoel Vegan Friendly Tel Aviv, per Johnny Askounis of Eurohoops.

According to Askounis, Hoard’s contract is only partially guaranteed. Hapoel Tel Aviv can fully guarantee the deal for the rest of the 2022/23 season following training camp.

After going undrafted out of Wake Forest in 2019, the 6’8″, French-born swingman joined the Trail Blazers on a two-way deal for the 2019/20 season. He then spent the subsequent two NBA seasons bouncing between the Thunder and their NBAGL affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue.

In 39 total regular season NBA contests, Hoard holds averages of 6.6 PPG, 4.6 RPG, and 1.2 APG, on .490/.231/.618 shooting splits. Across just seven games with the Thunder during the 2021/22 (via two 10-day contracts), the 23-year-old’s numbers were significantly more encouraging. He averaged 14.7 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 2.4 APG, 0.9 SPG and 0.7 SPG.

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