"Our big goal is to win the Euroleague . " In the offices of the Palau they are working hard to comply with what has been said and to please Josep Maria Bartomeu , which has been marked as a challenge for its sections to recover all possible European Cups. Basketball is perhaps the metaphor of the president's megalomaniac project , where the stars continue to accumulate despite the fact that the Barca leaders maintained only a week ago that there would be no more signings.
The American base Marcus Delaney , 30 years old and who came from playing in the Chinese Guangdong Southern Tigers, has signed a contract with Barcelona for this season, with the option of extending the bond for another year. The club thus cushions the absence due to injury of Thomas Heurtel , who is not expected until January after being operated on for a partial rupture of the patellar tendon of the left knee.
Barcelona understood that it would not be enough with Kevin Pangos as the only pure base, and with Pau Ribas and even Adam Hanga as relievers in a position that the 19-year-old Argentinean Leandro Bolmaro subsidiary player has been occupying this preseason. They don't come prepared to face the challenge of the first team. Delaney, on the other hand, reinforces the mastodóntico profile of a Barcelona that this summer had already been reinforced with Mirotic, Higgins, Davies and Abrines and that manages a budget for this season of 35 million euros.
Delaney is an old acquaintance of Svetislav Pesic, a coach with whom he premiered in the Euroleague in the 2013-2014 season with Bayern Munich . Then, the base raised at the University of Virginia Tech conquered the German league and MVP was chosen from both the competition and the final.
With stays in the French Elan Chalon - his first team in Europe and with which he also won the league - and the Budivelnik of Ukraine, he stood out in Krasnodar, at the head of that Lokomotiv Kuban in which Victor Claver also played, and that was able to stand against prognosis in the Final Four of 2016 after eliminating precisely Barcelona. He settled that season in Europe with an average of 16.3 points per game and 5.5 assists, also forming part of the best quintet in the Euroleague . That allowed him a ticket to the NBA (Atlanta Hawks), where his role was already more residual (18 minutes on average and 5.7 points per game). Statistics that grew again in the Chinese league (19.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.7 assists), prelude to his reunion with Pesic.
Barcelona, which has just won the Catalan League by winning Andorra after an exhibition of Mirotic in the final (25 points and 11 rebounds), is clear about its galactic profile.
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