Fenerbahce managed to convince Nando De Colo to turn around and leave aside his NBA aspirations. The French guard and the Turkish EuroLeague powerhouse have an agreement in principle, according to Eurohoops sources. De Colo left CSKA Moscow and remains a restricted free agent of the Toronto Raptors in the NBA, however, this does not affect his deal with the Turkish club.
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Emiliano Carchia: Fenerbahce is seriously pursuing Nando De Colo, a source told @Emiliano Carchia. De Colo’s first option is still to return to the NBA where he is restricted free agent. But if nothing happens in the next couple of weeks, there are good chances for Fenerbahce to sign the French guard
In case the right NBA offer doesn’t come along, De Colo could return to Europe and among a large number of interested clubs, he is expected to get calls from Spain as well, primarily Real Madrid. However, Valencia Basket holds his rights in Spain and the club director Paco Raga noted they don’t rule out anything and might try to equal the offer: “We have the rights of De Colo in the ACB and if we can assume Real Madrid offer, we don’t rule out to equal it. Why not. We don’t rule out any scenario and of course, we are not going to renounce the rights that remain belonging to us since he moved to the NBA in 2012. We will always defend the interests of the club. He is a top player, one of the best in Europe”, Raga told Las Provincias.
Nando De Colo — one of the EuroLeague’s top guards — is planning a return to the NBA and could command an ample free-agent market. “I have asked my agents to explore NBA opportunities over the coming weeks,” De Colo, 32, told ESPN. “I am excited for the next challenge in my career.”
CSKA Moscow announced that Nando De Colo won’t continue with the team in the next season. De Colo parts ways with the reigning EuroLeague champion as a free agent, after a five-year stint. “I have achieved everything possible with CSKA. Now, I think I have a chance to change something. To find a new challenge and fight again at the highest level,” De Colo said per CSKA’s website.
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