“After two wonderful years full of memories, two years in which we won two state trophies and one winner’s trophy, two years in which he won the hearts of all of us, we are saying goodbye to King James Paladin today. Thank you very much, much appreciated, “, Reads the official announcement.
After two wonderful years full of memories, two years in which we won two state trophies and one winner’s trophy, two years in which he won the hearts of all of us, today we say goodbye to King James Paladin.
With great thanks, much appreciation, we wish James success at his next stop.
We love you Feldeine @KiNGJF4 pic.twitter.com/EeHTlIfsNV
— Hapoel Jerusalem B.C (@JerusalemBasket) August 1, 2020
The date of exercise of Jerusalem’s option on Paladin should in any case expire in the coming days, and the group decided not to exercise the option. The main reason for this is that this is a very high contract, and the club fears that they will not be able to meet it due to the budgetary distress as a result of the Corona crisis. Paladin himself holds offers from the Spanish Betis and another group in Italy, and if Jerusalem wants to be released from the contract, it will have to pay him compensation of several tens of thousands of dollars.
At the same time, the trophy holder is expected to announce soon the extension of Oded Katash’s contract, after which it is estimated that the staff will undergo extensive changes. Along with Paladin, Nimrod Levy will not continue in the team, and he is attracting interest from Hapoel Tel Aviv and Hapoel Holon.
The team really wants to see Jacoben Brown return for a third year, and the fog around Tyson Thomas is also expected to dissipate soon, with the option expiring on both sides. As far as is known, Thomas has not yet signed with any other team, and if he wants to do so he will have to compensate Jerusalem with about $ 50,000.