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Valencia adds guard Chris Jones

After becoming a champion in the French league, a few days ago, Chris Jones is joining Valencia Basket, the Spanish club announced Monday. Jones has joined the Liga Endesa semifinalists on a one-year deal.

The 29-years-old guard is the first signing for Valencia ahead of the 2022-23 campaign in the EuroLeague. The player comes from LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne, with which last Saturday was proclaimed champion of the French League.

Prior to ASVEL, the Texas native has also a one-year stint with Maccabi Tel Aviv during the 2020-21 season. He also played in Turkey, Belgium and Switzerland before making the jump to the EuroLeague in 2020.

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He averaged 13.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.5 steals per game for the French club in the 2021-22 EuroLeague. Valencia returns to Europe’s top competition after a one-year absence.

The club was offered a wildcard for the upcoming season following the suspension of Russian teams. Valencia Basket reached the EuroCup semifinals and lost to Virtus Segafredo Bologna, a team that won the competition’s trophy last May.

The Spanish club has already parted ways with Mike Tobey and Louis Labeyrie. They are expected to create a roster capable of competiting in the EuroLeague and Chris Jones is the first step towards this direction.

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