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TNT taps Rondae Hollins-Jefferson as new import, but quick availability in question

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has been activated as TNT's new import, but he could be out against Blackwater. Getty Images (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--TNT will be parading a new import for the continuation of the PBA Governors' Cup.

However, his availability for the team's next game is in question.

The league announced on Tuesday that the Tropang Giga have activated former NBA veteran Rondae Hollis-Jefferson for their Wednesday game against the Blackwater Bossing at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

The problem: as of posting, the six-foot-six swingman has yet to secure a letter of clearance from his former team, KBL's Jeonju Egis.

To make matters worse, Hollis-Jefferson left Jeonju with some sourness as head coach Chun Chang-Jin was quoted as saying the former NBA first-round pick "showed insincere attitude" in their last two games, both ending in defeats.

Under PBA rules, once a team makes an import switch, it could only switch again to its old import before its next game, which means if Hollis-Jefferson fails to get his clearance in time, the Tropang Giga could not bring back Jalen Hudson, who has been sent to the injured reserve list, against the Bossing and might have to play all-Filipino.

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