NBA Rumor: Vincent Poirier Free Agency

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Vincent Poirier joins Real Madrid

Vincent Poirier (17-10-1993; Clamart, France) is Real Madrid’s latest recruit and joins the club until 2024. The French international center, who measures in at 2.13m and is 27 years old, is currently one of the leading inside players in European basketball. He is an out-and-out number five and is very strong on rebounds and solid in and around the basket. He has previous experience in the ACB and the EuroLeague and checks in to bolster Pablo Laso’s side following a stint in the NBA.

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Vincent Poirier criticizes Doc Rivers

In a French interview with Le Parisien translated by Eurohoops, Poirier said the following: “I wish someone had told me, ‘We were wrong,’ ‘You can’t play with us.’ I like it when things are straight. The coach didn’t even send me a message, although I know he sent others. I’m not asking him to give me compliments but just a message to wish me good luck. We are not commodities, we are still human beings. It’s a minimum of sending a message, to say that the situation was complicated, but thank you for your professionalism. A bogus thing, even if he doesn’t really mean it.”

Poirier felt disappointed due what he considers to be a lack of opportunity to prove himself, in both Boston and Philadelphia. “It’s frustrating because I never really had my chance to show what I could bring. But we know that the NBA is a world apart. I played in two franchises (Boston and Philadelphia) where the team was well established. It’s hard in these cases to pretend anything. You have to be in the right place at the right time, sometimes it comes down to nothing. We are a little helpless in these situations. But it’s still a good experience. The NBA was a goal but I don’t want to stay there to say I’m there. I want to have my place and playing time, if I don’t, if the NBA doesn’t want me anymore, I won’t stay.”

“I wish someone had told me, ‘We were wrong’, ‘You can’t play with us’. I like it when things are straight,” Poirier also mentioned on the Sixers trading him. “The coach didn’t even send me a message although I know he sent others. I’m not asking him to give me compliments but just a message to wish me good luck. We are not commodities, we are still human beings. It’s a minimum of sending a message, to say that the situation was complicated, but thank you for your professionalism. A bogus thing, even if he doesn’t really mean it.”

Vincent Poirier: “I still have a contract for next year with Vitoria, which doesn’t include a EuroLeague buy out clause. That’s why it depends on the club. For the NBA, I don’t know. Like every year, I am waiting for the season to end, to perform my best and we will see what may come. I know that there are clubs which are interested in me, both from the EuroLeague and the NBA. So we will have to wait for the summer and I will make the best possible choice.”
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May 12, 2021 | 1:37 pm EDT Update