Unexpected final twist to the soap opera starring involuntarily by Juancho Hernangómez. The Spanish player is finally out of the Olympic Games when he had already traveled to Tokyo with the rest of the Spanish Olympic team.
Everything has changed and there is no going back. Minnesota Timberwolves has expressed its “resounding no” to Juacho participating in the Olympic event, in the words of the president of the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB), the former NBA Jorge Garbajosa.
The surprise in the Spanish expedition is capital. According to Gargajosa, the federation and the agent of the young Hernangómez took his participation in the Games for granted after the forward passed the medical tests in Las Vegas and the Minnesota doctors did not put any inconvenience to Juancho playing despite of the shoulder injury suffered in the Olympic preparation against France.
The acromioclavicular injury to the left shoulder appeared not to be as serious as initially thought. Hence, in the first moment, the player was ruled out for the Olympics. and then he will be re-caught and placed among the 12 chosen by Sergio Scariolo.
Timberwolves backed down at the last moment and communicated its refusal with the player already in Japan (he will be replaced by Xavi López-Arostegui), which is a strange way of proceeding, and which implies a loss of substance for Spain on the eve of its competitive premiere, since Juancho was a permanent head of Scariolo, and a heavyweight in the national team.
Hernangómez has a contract with Minnesota until 2023, but it is only financially guaranteed until 2022 (he will charge 7 million dollars next year). The 2022-2023 season (salary of 7.5 million) is not guaranteed.
From the FEB, the president of Basketball Operations of Timberwolves, the Colombian, is blamed for the decision Gersson Roses.
The suit for Spain is great, but it is even more so for a player who was already convinced that he would play in Tokyo.