Storyline: Alex Abrines Free Agency

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Alex Abrines back to Spain

Álex Abrines is on his way back to the Palau Blaugrana. The 25-year-old from the Balearic Islands has reached a two-year agreement with Barça with the option of a third season to come back to the club that he served from 2012 to 2016 and thus bring an end to a three-year stint in the NBA at the Oklahoma City Thunder. He will be officially presented on Monday 15 July at 7.00pm CEST, pending a medical examination.

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Alex Abrines was on FC Barcelona Lassa’s radar, but has since began talks to return to his former team. According to Marc Mundet of Rac1, the 25-year-old Spaniard swingman is already negotiating the terms with Barca and a potential comeback seems likely, but no agreement is yet in place. Abrines was a Barcelona player between 2012 and 2016 before joining the Oklahoma City Thunder. He took part in 91 EuroLeague affairs with the Blaugrana and followed up with 185 NBA appearances with the Thunder. He was waived last February and has been a free agent since.

During a Fortnite session and after being asked about the possibility of joining another team or even another league, Abrines hinted that he will consider his basketball options no earlier than offseason. “On Summer, depending on what there is, I’ll decide,” Abrines said per Gigantes Del Basket. Abrines also said that he will soon talk about the reasons he’s no longer a Thunder. “I guess I’ll make a statement soon and you will know,” the Spanish wing mentioned.
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