More wood for Valencia: Kalinic signs for a season

The 2.02 forward, Euroleague champion in 2017, arrives at the Taronja club to set up a squad that excites the fans.


Valencia Basket has closed the hiring of the Serbian wing Nikola Kalinic for the next season, as reported by AS yesterday. Kalinic, 2.02 meters and 28 years old, comes from the Turkish Fenerbahçe, like Derrick Williams, team with which he proclaimed Euroleague champion in 2017, scoring 17 points in the final.

Kalinic is a pure '3' although sometimes he can act as '4', so due to position and characteristics he would go more to cover the loss of Doornekamp than that of Abalde, who if no inconvenience arises will end up in Madrid in a few days , after paying its exit clause of 1.5 million.

With the official agreement of Kalinic, Valencia begins to form a roster with a lot of wood for the next season in which it will compete in the Euroleague and Liga Endesa. A template that excites the fans. At the base position, Ponsarnau currently has four (Vives, Van Rossom, Colom and Hermansson). As an escort, they highlight the arrival of Prepelic, the presence of Marinkovic and, for the moment, he still has Abalde (when his departure is consumed, the club must move). As '3', the Taronja team currently has Sastre, San Emeterio and Kalinic, although the latter can help in '4'. As power forwards, Labeyrie and Derrick Williams are on the payroll and Dubljevic and Tobey will repeat as centers.

Right now, the squad would be closed, at the expense of a possible departure from Quino Colom, who has one more year of contract and does not have a cut-off clause. Of course, in the more than likely case of Abalde leaving, the club would sign a player with similar characteristics.

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