Virtus Bologna near a deal with former Suns player Ty-Shon Alexander

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Giannis Askounis

07/Sep/21 21:06

Former Creighton standout Ty-Shon Alexander on his way to Italy

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Virtus Segafredo Bologna is nearing a deal with Ty-Shon Alexander, as confirmed by Eurohoops sources.

Alexander, 23, was recently waived by the Phoenix Suns. He appeared in 16 games of the 2020-21 NBA season averaging 0.7 points, 0.6 rebounds, and 0.4 assists per contest after penning a two-way contract with the Arizona organization reaching the 2021 NBA Finals. In addition, he recorded 9.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per match in the G League with the Canton Charge.

Following his first pro season coming out of Creighton, he went on with 11.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per match in the NBA Summer League held in Las Vegas.

Italian outlet Superbasket first reported the advanced negotiations between him and Virtus Bologna, among the projected contenders of the 2021-22 edition of the 7DAYS EuroCup.

The Italian team, currently going through prep games and working towards the next season, has been actively scanning the market aiming to secure a player to cover for high-profile addition Nico Mannion. The Italian guard, a former player of the Golden State Warriors, will remain sidelined for longer than initially expected. He has yet to recover from the after-effect of an intestinal infection prompting the search for a suitable replacement.

Besides Mannion, the team led by Sergio Scariolo has powered up with Marco Ceron, Mouhammadou Jaiteh, Ekpe Udoh, Kevin Harvey, and Michele Ruzzier through the offseason. Returning players are Amedeo Tessitori, Marco Belinelli, Alessandro Pajola, Amar Alibegovic, Kyle Weems, Milos Teodosic, and Awudu Abass.