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BC Bancourt recruits Arthur Edwards and Marc Seylan as replacements after Kaanu’s injury

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Arthur Edwards, American winger, and Marc Seylan, well-known Franco-Swiss point guard at the BCB, to play with the Jura basketball club after injury blow to Kaanu Olaniyi 

Kaanu Olaniyi’s season ended rather abruptly due to a ligament tear in one of his knees. Being an important part of the BCB squad and with the team already dealing with relatively inadequate manpower, the team entered the market to scout for a replacement for one of their major players. This led to the acquisition of American winger, Arthur Edwards, and popular Franco-Swiss point guard, Marc Seylan, who is making a return to the team.

One of Kaanu’s breakthroughs came in 2017 when he was selected alongside other talented Swiss Basketball players as part of the first competition window for the pre-qualifications for the EuroBasket 2021. The young Kaanu, who was plying his trade with Union Neuchâtel Basket, played with other notable names such as Arnaud Cotture, Jonathan Dubas, Paul Gravet, Randon Grueninger, Natan Jurkovitz, and Jonathan Kazadi. Other members of the team are Roberto Kovac, Juraj Kozic, Marko Mladjan, Marco Portannese, Lucas Pythoud, Robert Zinn, and Brian Savoy.

The American Arthur Edwards (27, 1m98) arrives in the Jura from the Rilski Sportist Samakov in Bulgaria. Arthur is known for his versatility as he can play as a wingman as well as evolve indoors. He trained at various American universities (Northwest Florida, New Mexico, and Alabama) from 2012 to 2016 and then played in the G League, a minor American league.

The other replacement, Marc Seylan is making a comeback to the team after a passage in the Jura during the 2017/2018 season. The 27-year-old Franco-Swiss averaged 11.5 minutes with Pully Lausanne. Marc Seylan has also trained in Switzerland, joining the United States between 2012 and 2017. He signed with the BCB for the next two seasons.

Coach by the charismatic Vladimir Ruzicic, BC Bancourt remains a major figure in the Swiss Basketball League and the arrivals will help the team in achieving their goal for the season and beyond.

From television to the internet platform, Jonathan switched his journey in digital media with Bigtime Daily. He served as a journalist for popular news channels and currently contributes his experience for Bigtime Daily by writing about the tech domain.

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Aaron Rodgers Signs $150m Contract as Green Bay Packers Retain Star Quarterback

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If you are a Green Bay Packers fan, then the news that Aaron Rodgers has pledged himself to the Lambeau Field franchise for another three years will be music to your ears. The veteran quarterback has completed back-to-back NFL MVP award-winning seasons, and many may have feared that another offseason filled with ‘will-he, won’t he’ rumors were on the cards, but that’s now been neatly avoided.

38-year-old Rodgers has put pen to paper on a deal that will net him a massive $150m and makes him the best-paid player in the league. His first year will amount to $41m, the second is worth $59, and his third will work out at $49m. That may seem like a hefty sum, but Rodgers reportedly actually turned down a higher amount, knowing that doing so would free up money to improve the deals of other players (and possible newcomers to the Packers ranks).

The retention of Rodgers will, of course, offer a massive boost to Matt LaFleur’s team’s push for a Super Bowl title, and if you take a look at any odds comparison site, you’ll see that Green Bay are now at around the (+1100) mark, meaning that only the Buffalo Bills, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ahead of them in the betting.

Rodgers has been in superb form over the past few seasons, showing that age hasn’t caught up with him, and there is certainly plenty more left in the tank. Next season will be his 18th with the Packers, and he has led his team to the playoffs in each of the past three campaigns. 

During that period, the Packers have a 39-6 record in regular-season action, which is a frightening level of consistency, and keeping such a hugely talented player at the team is something that has been widely applauded.

Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst remarked;

“We are very pleased to be able to come to an agreement with Aaron that keeps him in Green Bay,”

“His play on the field and leadership in our locker room remain vital in our pursuit of another Super Bowl title. The agreement also allows us to maintain and enhance what we feel is already a very competitive roster.”

The new deal for Rodgers has left back-up QB Jordan Love considering his options, and one imagines he may look to leave Green Bay in order to find game time elsewhere. 

On that point, comments from LaFleur suggest that they may not stand in his way, should he indeed look to find a new team;

“Jordan’s come a long way,” 

“I still think, with any young player that hasn’t gotten maybe the experience up to this point, there’s still a lot of room for growth. So I think it’s going to be an important offseason, that when he does come back, it’s making sure that his footwork is sharp, that he’s on the details of what we’re trying to accomplish on each and every play and all the concepts, really a mastery of the offense, and just the command that he has. I know he takes that to heart, and he takes it very personally, and he’ll do whatever he can to be his best.”

One thing is for sure. Trying to force your way from behind the shadow of such an accomplished player, such as Aaron Rodgers, isn’t something that can be easily achieved. Hence the likely need to move on rather than sit on the sidelines for another three years.

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