Tornike Shengelia who played in the past for the Brooklyn Nets before returning to Europe for Baskonia will be a free agent this summer and he wants to cross the Atlantic again: “My goal is to try to return to the NBA. If I stay in Europe it will be in a team that can win trophies and everyone knows that Baskonia is one of them”.
After being cut by San Antonio, Nicolas Laprovittola returns to Europe as a member of Baskonia. The Spanish club announced that the Argentinian guard signed a deal until the end of the season. Laprovittola is replacing an other Argentinian, Pablo Prigionio, who decided to retire from basketball. The 26 years old guard is a member of the Argentinian national team and before signing with the Spurs this summer he spend last season in Europe, playing for Lietuvos Rytas in Lithuania and Estudiantes in Spain.
Budinger talked about what he hopes to bring in the game of his new team, the discussions he held with Ricky Rubio before arriving in Spain and how Luis Scola’s previous presence in Baskonia inspires him. “Baskonia is high level organization. Luis Scola (played for Baskonia from 2000 to 2007) was a mentor to me and it excites me to follow in his footsteps. I also talked with Ricky Rubio who told me the differences between NBA and Europe especially how the game is more physical here.”