After the no to Real Madrid, Ante Zizic is already Maccabi

Maccabi has made it official that the Croatian center will play in Tel Aviv. Real Madrid had approved his signing, but the Israelis went ahead.


It's official: Ante Zizic signs for Maccabi Tel Aviv. The information, well known in the world of basketball, has become a meridian reality thanks to the Israeli club, which has reported on the agreement on social networks, confirming that it will wear its colors for the next two seasons, returning to Europe after spending the The last three years in the ranks of the Cleveland Cavaliers, with whom he shared a dressing room with LeBron James and played in the NBA Finals in 2018, with a loss to the Warriors.

The signing has been accompanied by a great morbidity, since the center has been constantly linked to Real Madrid in recent months. Despite having approved his agreement with the whites, he has ended up signing for the Israeli team, leaving Madrid with a gap. Zizic was a capital piece for the future white interior game. Young and with a very high ceiling of progression, the center was going to be the solution to one of the great headaches for Pablo Laso: the position of five, where Tavares was the only viable solution after the departure of Gustavo Ayón in the summer 2019. Jordan Mickey arrived to replace the Mexican, but did not work and has returned to the Khimki in Moscow.

According to Eurohoops, one of the key reasons for the Balkan to change his mind would have been Madrid's delay in closing the deal. The player's environment did not want the whites to get confused before signing, which made them look the other way and finally sign for Maccabi, something that was already known and that has become official. Madrid, for its part, remains with Alberto Abalde as the only signing in the market and continues with difficulties in his inner game, while waiting for the future of Facundo Campazzo to be solved.

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