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Sixers draft pick Jonah Bolden signs 3-year deal with Maccabi Tel Aviv

Sixers draft pick Jonah Bolden signs 3-year deal with Maccabi Tel Aviv

Sixers draft pick Jonah Bolden is officially headed back overseas.

Bolden, the 36th overall selection in last month’s draft, signed a three-year contract to play in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv, the team announced. The deal does contain opt-out clauses for the NBA.

“Jonah is a very talented young player with great potential, an athletic forward who knows how to shoot the ball and a great guy who likes to work hard,” Maccabi Tel Aviv head coach Neven Spahija said, per the EuroLeague's official website. “We believe he will develop into a great player.”

Bolden had hoped to join the Sixers for next season after spending summer league with the squad. The 6-10, 227-pound forward averaged 8.7 points on 36.8 percent shooting from the field and 31.4 percent from three-point range between the Utah and Las Vegas Summer Leagues. He also put up 6.2 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks in 23.4 minutes a game.

Bolden entered the draft after putting up 12.1 points (59.7 percent from the field, 38.1 percent from three-point range), 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals a game for KK FMP Beograd of Serbia last season. Those numbers earned him the Adriatic League’s Top Prospect award, previously won by Dario Saric and Nikola Jokic.

Bolden won’t be the only player on Maccabi Tel Aviv’s roster with Sixers/Philly ties. Former 2013 Sixers second-round pick Pierre Jackson and Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, native Jake Cohen are both members of the team.

Report: Sixers to stash Jonah Bolden in Israel next season

Report: Sixers to stash Jonah Bolden in Israel next season

Last week, Jonah Bolden said that his basketball future was “up to the Sixers.”

It appears the team has made its decision.

According to NBA reporter David Pick on Twitter, Bolden will return overseas next season to play in Israel.

With Maccabi Tel Aviv, Bolden will have the opportunity to play for a top-flight Euroleague program and a well-traveled coach Neven Spahija, who spent time as an assistant with the Atlanta Hawks from 2014-2017.

Bolden, who was selected with the 36th overall pick by the Sixers last month, played in both the Utah and Las Vegas Summer Leagues for the team. In eight games, Bolden averaged 8.7 points on 36.8 percent shooting from the field and 31.4 percent from three-point range. The 6-10, 227-pound Bolden also put up 6.2 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks in 23.4 minutes a game.

"Every day that he's played competitively since he's gotten here, we've seen him grow and grow in his assertiveness,” Sixers assistant Billy Lange said of Bolden in Utah. “And it just happens. You start figuring out language. You start figuring out spacing and where you have to be.”