Bouna Ndiaye Rumors
In an interview with HoopsHype, Seraphin said joining Spanish powerhouse FC Barcelona was his priority for several weeks in the offseason. “Barcelona was my first option,” the French center told HoopsHype. “I talked to the GM. He called me. After that, I talked to the coach and they were my first option. But they made us wait. They were like, ‘We have to make room’. Then they told us they could not do it because they couldn’t make room. That’s when my new agent (Bouna Ndiaye) started calling teams in the NBA and seeing if we could get a deal. That’s why it took so long, because we were exploring that option first. I was looking forward to an opportunity to play a lot and show people what I can do. Since it didn’t happen with Barcelona, we looked at opportunities in the NBA… And then Barcelona came back! But it was too late then because we were in the process of talking to NBA teams, then I tried out with Indiana for a couple of days and now I’m with the Pacers.”
French agent Bouna Ndiaye, who helped Nicolas Batum sign a $120 million contract and Evan Fournier a $85 million contract, is in Salt Lake City to begin negotiations with the Utah Jazz hoping to do better with Rudy Gobert.
As reported by French newspaper L’Equipe, Rudy Gobert’s agent, Bouna NDiaye, is in Salt Lake City to begin contract extension talks with the Utah Jazz. Gobert is eligible for a contract extension this summer and may see a huge raise in his salay. A max deal for Gobert would be around $143 million.
NBA teams interested in Mejri will have to compete with Euro teams for his services, though. Agent Bouna Ndiaye told HoopsHype they will test the Spanish and European market first – with Real Madrid reportedly in the lead now – and will only look at NBA options second. “I would be happy playing here with a Euroleague or Eurocup team too,” Mejri said. “But the NBA… That would be a dream.”