With the sound of the midnight bells, the great signing of the season in the Endesa League for the moment became a reality. Willy Hernangómez (29 years and 2.11 m) is already a new Barcelona player, as the club announced, after not matching Real Madrid, a club that had its rights in Spain, the Barça offer last Friday, July 7.
The whites had five days, until Wednesday the 12th at 11:59 p.m., to retain the Spanish international. To do this, they had to match the 12.5 million euros gross in three years (3.5 million the first year and 4.5 million each of the following two) and a clause of 700,000 euros that Barça put the pivot on the table.
And they have not done so considering, as AS advanced, that the offer is out of market and as it does not fit into the budget of the basketball section. Chus Mateo’s group has covered that position, that of five, with Vincent Poirier and Walter Tavares. The latter is in full negotiations to extend a relationship with Real that ends next summer 2024. The Cape Verdean, a basic pillar of the Madrid project, is the center most decisive in the Euroleague and one of the great people responsible for adding a new continental scepter to the club’s showcases.
Willy, a Madrid youth squad player, returns to Europe, to the Endesa League, after six seasons in the NBA, where he played in three different franchises: New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets and New Orleans Pelicans, who decided not to renew it at the end of June with the option that marked the last year of his contract. An ugly end for an irreproachable player who started the North American League last season as Eurobasket MVP.
And he does it with a Barça that has given a 180 degree turn to its project. When Sarunas Jasikevicius left the bench, those of Kyle Kuric, Sertac Sanli and Mike Tobey joined. Four that will be five when formalize the goodbye of Nikola Mirotic. The Spanish-Montenegrin and the club are negotiating the termination of the remaining two years of his contract for 22 million euros. The resolution is expected at about 17 million, 75% of that salary owed.
Casualties that are being alleviated by the Catalans. Roger Grimau has taken the controls of a project that already has two new faces: Joel Parra, upon payment of one million euros of his clause to Joventut, and Willy. After them, it will be the turn of Dario Brizuela after paying the culés to Unicaja 1.2 million for their acquisition and the more than likely of JuanchoWilly’s brother, without a team since last February after being fired from the Toronto Raptors.