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Elijah Bryant joins Anadolu Efes
Oct 20, 2021, 4:42:00 AM

Elijah Bryant joins Anadolu Efes

Elijah Bryant inks a deal with the Anadolu Efes for the 2021-22 season as the guard moves on from his time with the Milwaukee Bucks. Bryant is ready to give the Efes a needed boost on the two spot and help them bounce back from their poor start on the EuroLeague.

Bryant signed a deal worth two years with the Efes after the Bucks waived him off ahead of the 2021-22 season. At the age of 26, this is the second time he’s been waived by the team since he was signed by the Efes in the last week of the 2020-21 season to be a part of the championship squad.

The guard was placed on the waivers last September 26 but the team opted to sign him again three days after. The team then made its final call and waived him again for good. This proves how tough it has been for the guard after being offered multiple deals prior to his first signing with the Bucks.

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With all those deals gone, Bryant found his way to a team that needs a guard to help both Shane Larkin and Vasilije Micic. Bryant may even be a big help for the team on the defensive end thanks to the tactics he learned with the Bucks.

The former BYU talent logged 16 points, six boards and three dimes to go with one block in his lone game in the regular season against the Chicago Bulls. He played 16 games in the playoffs and had 1.3 points and 1.1 boards per game.

The Efes are down 0-4 in the EuroLeague after a poor start in their games. The team needs to get back to their strong pace - the one they had to close out the Final Four en route to their league title in the 2020-21 season.

It has been a long run for Bryant. After he started his career at Elon University, the guard found a new home with BYU in 2016 and was not even picked in the 2018 Draft. He later joined the Philadelphia 76ers in the Summer League, then he played for Hapoel Eilat and Maccabi Tel Aviv. His chance with the Efes is a huge break for him.

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Words: Paul Daniel Flores

Image: PA