Tavares will be one of the most dominant centers in Europe for another season, but he will soon try his luck in the NBA again because the Portland Trail Blazers have prepared a great offer for him
Last summer, after winning every possible title with Real Madrid, Tavares was seriously tempted by a proposal from the Portland Trail Blazers. It was a very lucrative contract over several seasons that the Cape Verdean seriously considered and even publicly confirmed that the NBA was still in his sleep.
And although it was his wish to try his luck again in North American basketball, Tavares stayed at Real Madrid. One of the reasons was the transfer of Damian Lillard, which brought two high-profile centers like Deandre Ayton and Robert Williams to the Portland Trail Blazers. Two centers that closed the door on the Oregon franchise.
The Blazers are returning Tavares
But and although the internal rotation seemed closed, Tavares has another opportunity to travel to Portland. The reason for this opportunity is none other than the injury to Robert Williams, who will be out for the rest of the season. Something that led to the franchise receiving a million dollar exemption.
As we recently learned, The Portland Trail Blazers have a $5.8 million exception, which you can use to onboard new players. And the franchise’s goal is to integrate a new center, with Tavares the franchise’s favorite to increase the team’s defensive level through inches and intimidation in the zone.
The offer is waiting to leave Real Madrid
Although he publicly admitted that he still had the dream of returning to the NBA, It won’t be easy for Tavares to leave Real Madrid. It is the club where he became one of the best centers on the continent, where he grew as a player and as a person and where he feels deeply loved, both by the club and by his teammates and fans.
But he feels like he has completed a cycle. That’s why he welcomes the return to the North American league. Of course, this isn’t possible at any price. He will do like many other big European players: with a multi-year contract and for a good financial sum. Now we just have to wait and see how everything is resolved, but everything points to it In 2024 we will see Tavares wearing a Portland Trail Blazers jersey.