At 37 years of age, the veteran captain of Real Madrid and Spanish League all-time rebounds king says his career has been without any regrets. Even when it comes to declining offers from certain NBA teams. “There had been offers from the NBA. But not from any important team,” Reyes said to Spanish Cadena SER ratio. “I wish the Miami Heat and the L.A. Lakers sent me offers,” he joked. “But these never arrived. “But I don’t regret leaving Madrid. For me Real Madrid is like being in the NBA. Or better.”
“The schedule is very hard but we are good in both the Liga Endesa and EuroLeague. And that’s what’s important,” he adds. Reyes also mentioned that he visions himself finishing his career with the “Blancos” jersey. “I want to retire in Real Madrid. That’s my dream.”
As Spanish newspaper “As” reports, Anthony Randolph and Real Madrid have a deal for a three-year extension of his contract, which will keep the American big man in Spain until 2020. The deal was first reported by Israeli journalist Moshe Barda two days ago, who like “As”, confirmed also that there’s a tricky part on the contract. The new deal will include an NBA out option, as Randolph still has his eyes also in the NBA.
“Pau has also told me he’s coming,” Scariolo said. “All of them want to see how they finish the season. For them to say that they’re looking forward to coming and asking what we’re going to do is a first good step, but then we have to wait and see how they end the season – the physical status of those that have to take part in the play-offs. We have to wait until then to have a definite idea but the pre-disposition of all of the players is very good.”
Marc Gasol, Pau’s younger brother, is set to play after a two-year absence. Marc Gasol chose to sit out FIBA EuroBasket 2015 while an injury prevented him from playing last summer in Brazil. “We’ll begin training on 28 July and we’ll have to change our way of playing with respect to the last two years when Marc hasn’t been here,” Scariolo said. “We’ll have to incorporate him. It’s an important readjustment and there are many things that we’re working on.”