FC Barcelona Rumors
FC Barcelona shooting guard Leandro Bolmaro is ready to take the leap to the NBA and he will be joining the Minnesota Timberwolves next season, as confirmed by the organization’s President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas. “We’ve got a player we drafted last year who will be coming next year”, said Rosas in a recent interview with KFAN1003, referring to Bolmaro, who was selected with the 23rd overall pick in the 2020 draft by the New York Knicks and his draft rights were traded to the Timberwolves.
Back in April, 20-year-old Bolmaro stated that he “doesn’t rule out staying with Barcelona” for the upcoming season, though Rosas seems to count the Argentinean player in the Timberwolves’ roster for the 2021-22 campaign.
To gauge who are the top international players, HoopsHype polled 15 NBA talent evaluators, including 10executives and five scouts. Each talent evaluator was asked to list his top five international players. The criteria included any player pro player not in the NBA right now. Some of the talent evaluators prioritized former NBA players and older veterans who are having an immediate impact on their team overseas. Others placed a higher value on younger prospects who are likely to come to the NBA in upcoming drafts. 1. Nikola Mirotic (Barcelona): The 30-year-old forward is shooting an astounding 59.7 percent from the field and 47.2 percent from beyond the arc while scoring 15.9 points per game. “He’s the guy that’s been most productive in the NBA, and someone you can put in an NBA game right now if you had to,” one NBA executive told HoopsHype.
It’s not unlikely that the next season will find guard/wing Leandro Bolmaro still wearing the Barcelona jersey and not heading to the NBA and the Minnesota Timberwolves. “Until the end of the season, I’m not going to rule out anything. There are still three-four months here, the most important and final part. Then, I’ll see with my agent and my family what is best for me: If the best thing for me is to leave or continue growing with Barcelona,” Bolmaro said in an interview for EFE, per Marca.
FC Barcelona officially presented Gasol as the new player of the team, with the Spanish center revealing his target with the team. “One of my biggest dreams is to win the EuroLeague, which I haven’t won yet. I am not the same Pau that left twenty years ago. I am a different player. This makes it all the more special. I hope to provide the team with all my experience.”
Very happy to come back home. Força Barça! I’m very happy to announce that I’m coming home and that I’ll soon join the ranks of Barca’s basketball team. I want to put my skills and experience at the disposal of the dub at a key point in the season, while at the same time making progress in my physical condition and getting into the rhythm of competition. I’m happy to return to the club where I began, and I’m excited about this new opportunity I hope to contribute to the first team very soon. I want to thank Barca and its technical staff for making it possible to join them.
Spanish national team head coach Sergio Scariolo said that Pau Gasol will need to spend a certain amount of period playing competitive basketball to be fully ready to participate in the 2021 Olympic Games. “Obviously, being in Tokyo involves playing a few months of competition in a team,” Scariolo said in an interview with AS after the completion of the 2022 EuroBasket Qualifiers. Spain closed the February window with two wins vs. Poland and Israel to finish the stage with a qualifying record 4-2 in Group A.