Storyline: Sergio Rodriguez Free Agency

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Rodriguez was presented to the press yesterday and the most interesting of his quotes come from his interview in the Spanish newspaper “El Mundo“. “El Chacho” explained why he didn’t returned to Madrid. As he said when asked about the Spanish fans who call him already “traitor”: “My relationship with Madrid has always been great. Being in a place for so many years, with everything I have achieved … I will always have great memories and I will be part of Madrid’s lore. I understand the circumstances. I had to expect something from the NBA that could convince me or attract me. When things did not go in the direction I would want, yes, there were talks with Madrid, but they had completed their roster and there was no open spot. They talk to my agent for the future, but they said that this summer they could not sign me. I do not understand why this is a betrayal, the best option to compete for all titles this year was CSKA Moscow”.

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A former Turkish Airlines EuroLeague MVP returned to the competition, as CSKA Moscow announced the arrival of star playmaker Sergio Rodriguez, who inked a two-year deal with an option for another season on Monday. Rodriguez (1.91 meters, 31 years old) earned EuroLeague MVP honors in the 2013-14 season, averaging 14 points and 4.9 assists in 31 games. He arrives from Philadelphia of the NBA, where he averaged 7.8 points and 5.1 assists in 68 games last season.

Euroleague star Sergio Rodriguez has reached agreement on a one-year, $8 million deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, league sources told The Vertical. Philadelphia is also paying toward his $3 million buyout overseas, sources said. Rodriguez, 30, has had an illustrious career in Europe, where he was the Euroleague MVP in 2014 and won the Euroleague championship in 2015 with Real Madrid. He has also played for the Spanish national team.

Sergio Rodriguez mulling NBA return

Former Trail Blazers point guard Sergio Rodriguez on Saturday said he is mulling a return to the NBA this summer and will wait “to see how the market is” after the free agent period opens July 1. Since leaving the NBA in 2010, Rodriguez has become one of the best players in Europe. Rodriguez led Real Madrid to the 2015 Euroleague championship and was the 2014 Euroleague MVP. He says he has three years left on his contract, but said his contract has a reasonable buyout.
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Marc Gasol said he will have questions about the direction of the team after the offseason. How will you reassure him that Memphis remains the best fit for him at this stage of his career? Chris Wallace: Marc is having a terrific career here, both individually – being a multiple All-Star, being defensive player of the year, the All-NBA recognition. And he’s had tremendous team success. So, I don’t think one off year from the team success side tarnishes what he’s achieved or necessarily is going to be the norm going forward for the Grizzlies. This happens to all sorts of teams, where you have not as good a year as where you expect to be. But that doesn’t mean you can’t jump right back in and be successful again next year and that’s what our goal is. And he’s a big part of that.
Shumpert is almost certain to opt in for next season. Having dealt with foot and knee injuries, this is not the time for Shumpert to test free agency when he has $11 million guaranteed for next season, even if he’s not a part of the Kings’ long-term plans. I’m intrigued by what Shumpert might add. He’s only 27 and has shown he can play in pressure situations, having been a part of Cleveland’s 2016 NBA championship team. Shumpert will be motivated to show the rest of the league he is healthy and that he can play a key role on a team.
Now that you’re in New York, this is a totally different market. How have you felt about the way the city has embraced you? Michael Beasley: Honestly, I couldn’t ask for anything better. For the city and fans to embrace not only the way I play but who I am as much as they did – it feels great to be able to be yourself and be accepted. I thank the city forever for that. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t win as much as we wanted to this year.
Players like DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love have talked about that anxiety. Do you think that has helped others be more open with their own struggles? Michael Beasley: Hats off to those guys, man. More people than you think go through that. I go through it. It took me awhile to realize it because we’re raised to believe that it’s an embarrassing thing. It’s definitely inspiring for them to be honest about what they are experiencing. They opened up the floodgates, they opened up the doors, for the next great NBA player or even the next great scientist. The next shy kid with anxiety can break out of their shell because of this.
I watched your interview with Taylor Rooks on SNY where you talked about parenting your daughter, painting your nails. I thought that was super cool. Michael Beasley: [Laughs] Listen, man. I lost my hood card because I’ve got paint on my nails, bro. So that’s good to hear. My four-year-old will be five in April. Not much will change in those years. I think it’s cool. People should be themselves no matter what anyone says and how it feels. Just be comfortable with being yourself.