Thomas Heurtel Rumors
And also one of the surprises of the game was Frank Ntilikina. He not only played good defense but made some big shots down the stretch, scoring seven of his total 11 points in the last quarter. “He was clutch,” said Batum. “And that was a big turnaround for us. We lost our point guard (Thomas Heurtel) to injury during the preparation, and we needed him to have a big tournament. It’s something that will help him for the rest of his career. And this can be a big deal for him during next year, cause he is a great player”.
Despite Thomas Heurtel leaving the team due to injury and Nando De Colo, Mathias Lessort and Axel Toupane still recovering from injuries of their own, France continued its World Cup preparations with a 94-56 win over Tunisia. Evan Fournier stepped up and led the way with 17 points while Theo Maledon – who joined the squad due to above-metntioned absences – followed with 14 while missing only one shot from the field (4-5). Rudy Gobert added 12 points.
With free agency approaching for Thomas Heurtel on summer, it’s natural to consider options that possibly include the jump to the NBA. However, the French point guard, that averages 13.8 points and 6.3 assists in EuroLeague with Anadolu Efes, isn’t really fond of moving to the best league of the planet just to spend his time at the bench. “If I was offered with the opportunity, I’d seriously think about it,” he said in a lengthy interview for LNB.fr, the official website of the French League. “Of course, I’d study the possibilities carefully. The NBA is still a kid’s dream. But I I won’t go there to not play. The plan is that I’d I want to play minimum 10 to 15 minutes. I will listen to what offers I’ll have and see. But yes, it remains a dream and it’s an experience that I’d dream of knowing.”
Thomas Heurtel told SDNA that he may move to the NBA this summer. The French point guard is playing in Turkey with Anadolu Efes Istanbul where he is averaging 12.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists per contest in EuroLeague. “NBA might be an opportunity this summer for me. We see this year Sergio Rodríguez doing well there. We will see”, Heurtel said.
“You saw Nando De Colo and Thomas Heurtel tonight,” Nicolas Batum said. “I think people in the U.S. don’t really know them. Those guys can really play. I mean, De Colo was the MVP of the EuroLeague, and Heurtel was the best prospect in EuroLeague, too. And we’ve got Rudy Gobert coming, and Joffrey Lauvergne, and Evan Fournier is pretty good, too. So, we have a lot of guys that have been drafted the last two years or so on good teams in the NBA. It’s going to be a different era, of course, but it’s still going to be good.”
So can the NBA be the next step for the teammate of Dario Saric in Anadolu Efes? Speaking after the game Heurtel, who has one more year in his contract with Anadolu Efes explained that he didn’t feel that he “need to show” something special because of the oppponets, but he admitted: “Everyone is motivated when he is playing against the United States, these are global superstars. This is not necessarily a goal (ed.note: going to the NBA) but if I have the opportunity … After all it’s not like I have to go to the NBA, because I had a game like that.”