Abrines, the gold clash of the new Pesic Barcelona

Álex Abrines has put the finishing touch to a truly fearsome Barça. Svetislav Pesic will have in his hands a template that will seriously aspire to take two titles that makes


  • Transfer. Barça makes the return of Álex Abrines official
  • Álex Abrines puts an end to his "nightmare": "Everything broke into a thousand pieces"

Álex Abrines has put the finishing touch to a truly fearsome Barça. Svetislav Pesic will have in his hands a squad that will seriously aspire to take two titles that have not been on the Palau Blaugrana for a long time: the ACB League and the Euroleague. His return to the entity, which retained his rights in Europe since he left for the NBA in 2016, has been forged through a contract for two seasons plus an optional and a weighty economic proposal. Not in vain, he received about 17 million dollars in his three seasons in the United States (about six million the first year, 5.7 the second and 5.4 the third).

In February, Abrines dissociated himself from Oklahoma City Thunder, the team he played on during his NBA career. The player, through an emotional video made public on social networks, has confessed that he went through a depressive process that seems to have been finally left behind. His return to Barça, the set in which he played between 2012 and 2016, is already a fact. The player himself was responsible for making it official by means of another video distributed by the Barça entity, just as Mirotic did last week.

"A few months ago everything broke into a thousand pieces because you started to scare me. I could not even see you. I even got to hate you, " Abrines told the ball earlier this July, in a rhetorical conversation, in the video in which he seemed to finally conjure all his demons. «I have armed myself with courage to put an end to this nightmare. And I have achieved it. I recovered the smile, the desire to see you and spend one and a thousand hours together, "the player reiterated, noting that he sought support both in his family and in the best professionals. His return to Barça now means resuming his trip to European basketball.

Closed template

A trip in which, in addition, already had successes before leaving to the NBA: an ACB League, a Copa del Rey and a Supercopa . Abrines closes the Barça squad with views of the coming season. Nacho Rodríguez , the general manager of the azulgrana basketball, made it very clear last Monday at the presentation of Mirotic: or was the Mallorcan signed, whose return to the club already seemed well on track, or no one else would come. His arrival at the Palau complements the signings of the former Madridista, Cory Higgins , champion of the last edition of the Euroleague with CSKA, and Brandon Davies , until this summer player of Zalgiris Kaunas.

The incorporations, in spite of everything, are not the only point on which the new Barcelona project shines, with Abrines and, above all, Mirotic for the flag. The club presided by Josep Maria Bartomeu has also made an effort to ensure the continuity of several pieces that he considers absolutely vital: the coach Svetislav Pesic , the base Thomas Heurtel and the eaves Victor Claver and Adam Hanga . A series of names with which the Catalan entity wants to reign in both the ACB and Europe next season.

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