Crucial hours for the landing of Facundo Campazzo in the NBA: who are the teams that have him in their plans

Facundo Campazzo lives defining hours for his arrival in the NBA Facundo Campazzo lives defining hours for his arrival in the NBA

With the confirmation that Leandro Bolmaro has already been chosen in the Draft, now it will be time to wait when it will be confirmed the landing of Facundo Campazzo in the NBA. The next few hours will be decisive to know if the point guard will leave Real Madrid and become the 13th Albiceleste player to land in the most famous basketball league in the world.

The first thing to check is that Campazzo is determined to make the leap. At 29 years old and at the most outstanding moment of his career, the Cordoba is at the right point to reach the maximum competition of the sport he practices. In recent times, Facu became, perhaps, the most dominant point guard in the world FIBA. His statistics prove it, but above all it is marked by his electric game, his fantastic vision for the position he occupies and how he knew how to improve his physique to become a powerful player with his little more than one meter and 80 centimeters.

As he could know ., the negotiations for Campazzo to reach the NBA are kept under seven keys. Only its historical representative Claudio Villanueva, the player himself and the agency that he joined as part of his staff last August know what the possible destiny of the number 7 of the Argentine team is.

Regarding this, and as happened on previous occasions with other Argentines who were tempted by franchises of the American league, the link between the player and the renowned agency Octagon It was key to speed up negotiations for the new season that underwent a drastic change with the advance of the coronavirus pandemic, which affected the NBA and the rest of the sports in the world. If COVID-19 had not appeared, the 2020-2021 campaign would already be underway and, surely, Campazzo would already be part of a team. But that did not happen and This Friday the first 24 hours will be key for your sporting future.

After the opening by the NBA for the teams to complete player trades and what was the lottery where the 30 franchises chose the best players in college basketball and the outstanding international prospects, tomorrow will be the day of the start of free agency, the moment expected by everyone to begin negotiations between the players’ agents and the managers of the organizations.

The map indicates that there are several franchises that could be transformed into the new home of Campazzo and his family. There are three teams that are in a better position than the rest according to Spanish and United States media reports. San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves are the ones that go to the tip to gain the services of the point guard who won four Super Cups, two Euroleagues, three ACB Leagues and two Copa del Rey with the Real Madrid shirt.

Ginobili, Garino and Laprovittola, the trio that came to share a team in San Antonio (AFP) Ginobili, Garino and Laprovittola, the trio that came to share a team in San Antonio (.)

In the first case, and beyond the historical performance of Manu Ginobili by the Texas franchise or the brief passage of two other Argentines as Nicolas Laprovittola Y Patricio garinoIt must be said that the Spurs are in the middle of a rebuilding. After failing to make the playoffs for the first time in more than two decades and waiting for what will happen to the future of their top star DeMar DeRozan -He enters the last year of his contract after arriving from the Toronto Raptors-, it must be established that the base position is well covered in the team led by Gregg Popovich.

With players like Dejounte Murray, Derrick White and Australian Paty Mills, San Antonio should make room for their roster so that Campazzo can continue the blue and white tradition in the home of the five-time NBA champions..

If we talk about Dallas, we know the interest of the eccentric millionaire and owner of the team Mark Cuban for adding international talent to the Mavericks. After the success of the German Dirk nowitzki, the recent arrival of the Latvian Kristap Porzingins added to the landing of Luka doncic, the franchise only reaffirmed its ingenuity in attracting the best international players available.

Justly, one of those mentioned as a candidate to cover Campazzo’s departure from the White House I would be one step away from continuing in Dallas. Puerto Rican JJ Barea could remain in the team led by Rick Carlisle: the 36-year-old veteran who played 14 seasons in the NBA, 11 of them with the Mavs, is also waiting for the start of free agency to see if he continues in the United States or he moves to Europe to put the finishing touch on his long career.

Luka Doncic, the Slovenian who played for Real Madrid and left his place to Campazzo when he went to the NBA.  Will they meet again in Dallas?  (Garrett Ellwood / NBAE) Luka Doncic, the Slovenian who played for Real Madrid and left his place to Campazzo when he went to the NBA. Will they meet again in Dallas? (Garrett Ellwood / NBAE)

So, Will there be a chance to see the Slovenian Doncic and Facundo together in the same team? We will have to wait if a former Real Madrid and the current Merengue base will be part of the same squad. One thing is for sure: if Campazzo arrives and wants the 7, he will not be able to use it because it belongs to pivot Dwight Powell.

The other team that appears on the horizon of the former player of Peñarol de Mar del Plata is Minnesota, the team that has Argentine Pablo Prigioni as technical assistant and that selected Leandro Bolmaro in the Draf. Needless to say, the point guard who won the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics has a soft spot for his compatriot. According to the information he was able to access ., the key for Campazzo to land in the Wolves is related to the continuity or not of two other pieces of the current squad of the team that plays in the Western Conference and the recent arrival of the Spanish Ricky Rubio, who will put on the jersey of the team that chose him in the 2009 Draft at number 5 in the lottery.

The first situation is knowing what will happen to Malik Beasley. The 23-year-old point guard, selected 19th in the 2016 Draft by Denver, arrived in Minnesota last season. In 55 games with the Timberwolves, he averaged 11 points and just over 2 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. Same is the case of Spanish Juancho Hernangomez, which also came from the Nuggets in a mega-trade.

Despite not playing in the same position as Facundo, a situation that does occur with Beasley, what will be at stake here is whether the operations office chaired by the Colombian Gersson Roses will choose to keep these players or will make room on the roster to incorporate Campazzo as D’Angelo Russell’s first alternative, the figure who came to Minnesota to form the duo with the giant Karl-Anthony Towns.

Prigioni is one of the technical assistants in Minnesota, another of Campazzo's possible NBA destinations (Cody Sharrett / Timberwolves) Prigioni is one of the technical assistants in Minnesota, another of Campazzo’s possible NBA destinations (Cody Sharrett / Timberwolves)

Beyond the stage presenting with this trio of franchises, there are others that also have or had the Argentine base in their orbit. The Milwaukee bucks of the one chosen in the last two years as the most valuable in the NBA Giannis Antetokounmpo They could be a good place for Campazzo. First, because the native of Córdoba would reach a team that contends for the title of the East and that aims to be a finalist in the league.

The relationship that could unite Facu with the Bucks is because the international agency that represents him in the NBA world has the Greek star as one of its clients. Octagon has already worked on the arrival of Nocioni, Scola and Prigioni to the competition and is now officiating as a link for the arrival of the Argentine. On the sporting side, the last minute changes that took place in Milwaukee could be positive in a possible scenario for Campazzo: the team he leads Mike budenholzer managed to lead the team to Jrue Holiday (from the New Orleans Pelicans) and Bogdan bogdanovic (arrives from Sacramento Kings) to give him a quality leap in the search for the ring.

With the landing of these two players, the Wisconsin franchise shed its two bases, starter Eric Bledsoe, and reserve Donte Divincenzo. Additionally, an experienced player like George Hill, who also had the ability to lead the team in attack, was part of the inter-team trade.

Will Campazzo join the Milwaukee Bucks to join the team led by two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo?  (EFE / EPA / JOHN G. MABANGLO) Will Campazzo join the Milwaukee Bucks to join the team led by two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo? (. / EPA / JOHN G. MABANGLO)

Beyond these options, other equipment such as Utah Jazz -He would join a contending team in the West-, Detroit Pistons And till Memphis Grizzlies they sounded like possible destinations for Campazzo. All within negotiations that are kept in extreme reserve within the player’s own environment.

His agent Villanueva already confirmed it in the last hours. “He’s going to play in the NBA next season.”. The time of farewell for Facundo Campazzo and his relationship with Real Madrid began. After arranging that you will allocate part of your salary to pay the exit clause of 6 million euros, This Friday we could get to see the Cordovan for the last time dressed in white. Is that, for a new date of the Euroleague, the Madrid team will face Fenerbahce of Turkey at the WiZink Center, the mythical Palace of Sports in the Spanish capital, which already seems to know that in a short time they will start to miss the adventures of the number 7 that fell in love with her forever.


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