The Cairns Taipans have announced that Tom Jervis has been released from his two-year contract with the club and will be retiring from the National Basketball League.
In April, Jervis signed a deal to play for the Taipans until 2021 but has since made the difficult decision to retire from the NBL entirely to provide stability for his wife Jazze and daughter Clementine after six years of playing professional basketball.
“I would like to thank the Cairns Taipans for the amazing opportunity I was given to be part of such a great organisation. But, I won’t be able to follow through on this contract because I’m going to step away from the NBL and retire,” said Jervis.
“I’m extremely thankful for the club and how they have handled my situation. They have been extremely respectful of my reasons as to why. Being apart from my family last season was extremely tough for us and at this point I need to be home with them. I do have more than a few people to thank and will do so in due time.
“I was and still am extremely excited for the club and its direction and have no doubt they are going to have a big year. I’m sad I will not be part of it now, but I will be supporting the team from afar and hope they will bring a well-deserved championship to Cairns.”
Head Coach Mike Kelly said that it was a shame that Cairns wouldn’t get to see Jervis in a Taipans jersey this season but credits him for putting family first after an impressive NBL career full of accomplishments.
“This is bittersweet – we’re definitely disappointed we won’t get to see Tom in our line-up, but the decision to retire is obviously a significant one and we know this wouldn’t have been made hastily. As an organisation we are all about family and we completely support Tom as he enters a new phase in his life,” he said.
“Tom’s been a big part of three NBL Championships in just six years and I was looking forward to coaching him. We will continue to build a team that will compete, win and represent Cairns and North Queensland well.”
Jervis began his NBL career in the 2013/14 season with the Perth Wildcats, suiting up for all 33 games and won the Championship and NBL Rookie of the Year Award – the oldest ever winner at 27 years old – in his debut.
He continued to play with the Wildcats for another two seasons which included the 2016 NBL Championship, while claiming the Club’s Most Improved Player Award in both 2015 and 2016.
After 97 games in the west from 2013-2016, Jervis joined the Brisbane Bullets. He went on to improve from 6.3 points per game during his time in Perth, to 8.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in his two years in Queensland.
Jervis’ best career numbers were in 2017/18 where he started in 21 of 24 games, averaging 10.2 points and shooting 57 per cent from the field, to go with 4.6 boards per game.
Jervis was lured back home for what would be his last NBL season in 2018/19, averaging 4.0 points and 3.0 rebounds to help Perth reach the Finals for a fourth time in his career, where he went on to win his third ring.
He completes his career having played 182 NBL games with two teams across six consecutive seasons.