ALBA Berlin secures German League MVP Jaleen Smith

By Johnny Askounis/ [email protected]

After drawing the interest of several teams, Jaleen Smith will sign with ALBA Berlin, as confirmed by Eurohoops sources.

Smith, 26, was named MVP of the 2020-21 easyCredit BBL season. He completed his two-year run at MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg packing 15.2 points, 5.3 assists, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game to earn the distinction.

His offseason included talks with another team of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Zalgiris Kaunas, workouts with the Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers, and competing in the NBA Summer League with the Phoenix Suns. He averaged 9.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per contest at Las Vegas.

His deal with ALBA leading him into his EuroLeague debut was first reported by Donatas Urbonas.

The German team, apart from appointing Israel Gonzalez as the new head coach, has already added Yovel Zoosman, brought back Tamir Blatt after a one-year loan, and re-signed Maodo Lo, Malte Delow, and Johannes Thiemann, working towards the next season.

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