Brandon Paul finalises NBL deal with Adelaide 36ers

Brandon Paul, a veteran wing who played one season in the NBA, has finalised a deal to join the Adelaide 36ers for the remainder of the 2021 NBL season.

As first reported by ESPN on February 14, Paul, a 6'4 wing, will replace Jeremy Kendle, who joined the team after Donald Sloan requested a release.

Paul, 29, is coming off a stint in China with Zhejiang Chouzhou, where he averaged 10.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists, in 11 minutes per game. There's a limit to how many minutes import players can play in the Chinese Basketball Association.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity and to contributing every way I can with the 36ers. I know quite a few players across the NBL and have heard great things about the league, so I cannot wait to get there and be part of it. Things moved quickly because the fit for myself and the 36ers feels right," Paul said from his home in Chicago.

Undrafted out of Illinois in 2013, Paul went on to ply his trade in Europe before joining the San Antonio Spurs for the 2017-18 NBA season. In 64 games for the Spurs, Paul averaged 2.3 points and 1.1 rebounds, in 9.0 minutes a game.

The 36ers are currently led by their big-man duo of Isaac Humphries and Daniel Johnson, as well as Next Star Josh Giddey.

Adelaide chairman Grant Kelley said Paul would be a great fit at the 36ers.

"We are thrilled to have someone of Brandon's talent join the club and look forward to him combining with Josh Giddey on our backcourt and strengthening our offensive capabilities," he said.

The 36ers said due to the completion of immigration and travel arrangements required, Paul was expected to arrive in late February and the club would announce the date of his first game in due course.