Kurucs, in the orbit of Laso

The 2.06m Latvian forward left Barça in 2018 for the NBA. The Catalans retain their rights, but they could negotiate. Madrid is interested.


The Latvian forward Rodions Kurucs (2.06 m and 23 years old) are in Real Madrid's plans, according to the journalist Ignacio Ojeda, who reports a great interest on the part of the white team. Kurucs, born in 1998, went to the NBA when he was only 20 years old in 2018, the same summer as Doncic, after three seasons at the Barça club and with hardly any minutes with the first team culé. In the last campaign, 2017-18, in which as of December he was considered a training player and did not occupy a foreign place, he only played 6 games and 43 minutes in the ACB. Hence, he said, shortly after arriving at the Brooklyn Nets, that he was “finally” enjoying basketball.

The white interest in Kurucs would come to fill a position that was left vacant after the departure of Gabriel Deck to the NBA, a tall forward who could also play at certain times as a power forward.

The departure of Kurucs was agreed after Barça agreed to receive an amount close to 700,000 euros and maintained their rights before a possible return to Europe. If Madrid wants it now, they will have to negotiate with Barça, which could be receptive given their poor economic situation, or present an offer and trust that the Catalans, who have not shown interest in the player, will not match it.

Kurucs is without a team after being cut on May 12 by the Milwaukee Bucks, in a season in which his salary in the NBA has been 1.78 million gross dollars. He reached the professional league in 2018, a few Nets where he shone especially in his rookie year with 8.5 points in 20.5 minutes on average during 63 games. In the second season, his prominence declined (4.6 points in 14.6 minutes) and in the current one he went from the Nets to Houston and then to Milwaukee adding only 21 games. Perhaps the time has come to return to Europe.

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