Juan Pablo Vaulet, the Argentine swingman who the Nets drafted two years ago, will travel to New York next week, the first visit he’s made since Sean Marks took over basketball operations in February. According to Argentine hoops sites, Vaulet will spend a week in New York, from December 27 to January 2, taking advantage of a break in Argentina’s Liga Nacional.
The time, according to the reports, will be spent “training” and getting medical “check-ups,” the former to determine his “evolution” as a player, the latter to make certain his surgically repaired right ankle is progressing. The week after Vaulet was drafted in 2015, he suffered a stress fracture of his ankle while playing for Argentina in a FIBA Under-19 tournament. He was brought to the U.S., where Dr. Martin O’Malley, the Nets foot and ankle specialist, surgically repaired the ankle at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
On his return to Argentina on January 2, he will go back to playing with Bahia Blanca. However, this is likely to be Vaulet’s last season playing in Argentina. Two weeks ago, the team’s owner said he’ll be too expensive going forward. So, the Nets will likely discuss the next steps in his development, too.
Eleven National Federations are participating in a workshop on the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 and its bidding process. The national basketball governing bodies of Argentina, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Turkey are attending an informative workshop at the House of Basketball. Over the course of two days (Tuesday-Wednesday 1-2 November), FIBA is presenting the rights and requirements tied into bidding – and eventually hosting – the competition.
“It has been an incredible era,” Ginobili said. “It is something very important in your life that is ending, and that means a lot, so you’ve got to think of so many things, and well. Makes me feel a little emotional. This is my 20th year since my first game with the national team. I’m very proud. And at the same time, I’m happy – sad and happy because having the opportunity to play this game at 39, it’s not something that happens often.”