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 confirmed on French television that he is joining Real Madrid. Poirier, 27, noted he will travel to Spain’s capital tomorrow
Real Madrid has agreed to a deal with Vincent Poirier, according to Jose Luis Sanchez of LaSexta. As Sanchez reports, Poirier will join Real for the remainder of the season, with the option of re-signing for another three years.
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.”
After being waived by the New York Knicks and becoming a free agent, Vincent Poirier doesn’t rule coming back to Europe since he wants to a place where he will get to playing basketball again.
“If I have to return to Europe I will return. I just want to play,” Poirier said in an interview with Le Parisien. “But right now I’m in Philadelphia. I’ve found a gym to train and I have a coach who was sent to me by my agent. It’s not 5 on 5, but it is what it is.”
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.”
Shams Charania: The Knicks have waived Terrance Ferguson and Vincent Poirier, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Knicks are planning to waive 7-footer Vincent Poirier, who arrived from Sixers in the three-team deal with Oklahoma City, sources tell ESPN.
The Boston Celtics have signed center Vincent Poirier, the team announced today.
Shams Charania: The Boston Celtics and French center Vincent Poirier have agreed to a two-year deal, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium. Poirier is a 6-foot-11 center who will provide additional front court depth in Boston.
Donatas Urbonas: I’m hearing that Darrun Hilliard most likely will sign with CSKA Moscow. Another former Baskonia player Vincent Poirier was/is on CSKA shortlist, but big man might sign with NBA team. Boston Celtics were the front-runners, I was told, but more NBA teams are in the mix.
Orazio Cauchi: One NBA team that has been following Vincent Poirier in the past months/weeks is Boston, a league source told me. The Celtics are expected to have a much different frontcourt from last season with Horford set to leave, Baynes traded, Morris and Theis to hit free agency.
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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