Open conflict between Aday Mara and Zaragoza

The relationship between Aday Mara and Casademont Zaragoza is far from going through its best moment and it threatens to end in a very ugly way, according to the statement that the Aragonese club itself has just released. In it, Zaragoza talks about the intention to execute a “unilateral termination of the contract” by the playerflatly refusing that option.

This is the full text:

The player Aday Mara has informed Basket Zaragoza of his desire to unilaterally terminate his contract with the Club, alleging reasons that this entity cannot share.

From the first day at Basket Zaragoza, as we do with all our homegrown players and in a very special way in the case of Aday, we have made available to the player all the means available to develop his complete academic, sports and human training.

We respect your decision in the same way that we understand contracts must be respected. This has been the case in all the cases of the players trained in our academy and, for the good and defense of the Club, we will be forced to adopt the necessary measures so that it continues to be so.

Basketball Zaragoza.

It has been reporting for weeks from different media, including Diario AS, the intention of the young center to play next season in the NCAAthe university league of the United States, at UCLA, one of the most prestigious universities and with the most glorious past of American basketball. Although he has had several offers from the United States, the Californian university would be the best placed to get his services. The departure of Zaragoza would cost the young youth player 600,000 euros, an amount that the Aragonese team was not willing to reduce. It was notorious that there was a certain anger in the club due to the intention of its player to leave the team and the statement made known today only reaffirms everything that had been said up to now.

The president of the club, Reynaldo Benitohas been on Aragón Radio and has explained the position of Zaragoza: “We continue to understand that Aday Mara is today a Casademont Zaragoza player. The theme is simple. They understand that it has to grow in another place, it is understandable. But there is a contract to respect. There is a disagreement, there is no more. The club wants to try to keep Aday Mara as our player; it will be the best way for him to get to the NBA if he keeps working here. We do not want to charge a termination clause, but rather that the players continue to grow with us. We want Aday Mara to reach the top and be a great player, but being courteous doesn’t take away from being brave. The decision they have made is very clear and there have been no possibilities to convince those around them”.

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The center (18 years, 2.18) He has played 22 games this year in the Endesa League with Casademont Zaragoza, being a starter in two of them. He has averaged 5.3 points on 56.6% shooting from 2, 3.2 rebounds, 0.9 blocks and a 6.6 PIR in 12 minutes game, numbers that have earned him enter the best young quintet of the season. Mara is, without a doubt, one of the greatest talents of the future in Spanish basketball. Last summer he was one of the great architects of the silver medal for the National Team in the U-17 World Cup, where they only lost in the final against the United States. This summer he could be part of the group summoned by Sergio Scariolo to prepare for the World Cup absolute that begins on August 25, so that the pivot can make contact with the greater in training and in some friendly.

But right now the priority for him and those around him must be his immediate future. Where are you going to play next year? A good season in the NCAAand more if it is in a university like UCLA, They would make him win a lot of integers for the 2024 NBA draft, where many experts already place him among the top positions. But to get there, the first thing he has to do is disassociate himself from his current club, Zaragoza, with whom he has a current contract. And right now the positions to reach a friendly agreement between both parties seem to be very far away.

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