FC Barcelona Rumors
The Nets can contribute $675,000 toward Musa’s $1 million buyout, and general manager Sean Marks said it will be settled in time for the season. While Musa said he will play in Las Vegas Summer League, Marks was more noncommittal. “There’s a little bit of decompressing and recovery that needs to take place. We’ll weigh it and see what happens,” said Marks, who praised the confidence and shot-making of Musa and second-rounder Rodions Kurucs. “It’s just their confidence. Both these guys have been playing at a high level for years now. We’ve followed them closely. It’s a thrill to watch how they conduct themselves on the court. They can rise up in big moments. … These guys are both hungry, they’re competitive, they’ve got a certain fire and grit to them and they want to succeed.”
There is one key difference with the two pairs of brothers. The Gasols are Barcelona’s finest. But Guillermo Gustavo Willy and Juan Alberto Juancho are Madridistas. The rivalry is intense, albeit only when the Real Madrid and FC Barcelona soccer teams meet each other. “For sure! My brother and I are Madrid fans, Real Madrid fans, and Gasol brothers – they are FC Barcelona fans. The soccer teams played a match two or three weeks ago in Madrid, the Spanish Supercup, and Madrid beat Barcelona easily. So after the game, my brother and I were crazy, like, yelling ‘Hala, Madrid!’ and ‘Let’s go, Madrid!’ The Gasol brothers were mad at us. But it is what it is,” said Willy smiling, as he thought back to the 5-1 on aggregate Real win.