Rodions Kurucs, the man chosen to close out the 2022-23 Coosur Betis squad

Rodions Kurucs, the man chosen to close out the 2022-23 Coosur Betis squad


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After the renewal of Shannon Evans, the sixth made by the Coosur and undoubtedly the most important move of the Verdiblanco club in the summer planning, the team that Luis Casimiro will lead is exclusively in the absence of one more piece to complete. With four men in the inner rotation (Báez, Gerun, Nzosa and Sylla), Coosur Betis patiently searched the market for a powerful striker who would open up the pitch with an outside shot. And you have already found it.

Heliopolitan leaders are working, with Berdi Pérez in charge of sports management, on the incorporation of Rodions Kurucs, a 2.06-meter Latvian international, 24 years old, according to the specialized portal Jock, which states that the deal is close, something you can confirm At the end of the palm tree.

Its incorporation is finalized. He is the man chosen by Coosur Betis to complete the team that will play at least two official competitions this season: the Endesa Super Cup and the ACB League.

An international for his country, Kurucs (his brother Arturs plays for Baskonia) has a 139-game run (eight in the playoffs) in the NBA after playing for three franchises: Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks, although most of that trip was with the New York team, which picked him 40th in the 2018 draft. In his 131 regular NBA championship games, he averaged six points and three rebounds in an average of 16 minutes. , starting 55 games and throwing triples with 33 percent success.

Despite his size, he can put the ball on the ground and finish strong in the basket, thanks to his imposing physique, but also open up in the pick and pop to unlock the outside shot. He can even play as a striker, although Coosur Betis want him to be the starter. four and fill the vacancy left by Vitto Brown, who will play in Turkey next year.

Born in Cesis, Latvia and educated in the lower echelons of VEF Riga, Rodions was signed by Barcelona and even made his ACB debut in the 2017-18 season. And the place chosen for these debuts was… the San Pablo pavilion, against the then Betis Energía Plus, on the fifteenth day. Sito Alonso gave him the alternative, playing 21 seconds and contributing two points in Barca’s 82-89 win over Óscar Quintana-led Betis. Before, in 2016-2017, he had already made his debut in the Euroleague.

After this fleeting stint in the Endesa League (his career has consisted of six games and 43 minutes in total so far), he went to the NBA at a very young age and spent three seasons there (from 2018-19 to 2020-21 ) before joining the ranks of Partizan Belgrade last summer, with whom he played in the Eurocup. In 26 games in three competitions with the Serbs, Kurucs averaged five points, two rebounds, two assists and 36.4% shooting on three. This summer, he played in the Summer League with the Raptors, crediting 5.7 points, 4.5 sacks and 1.7 assists in nearly 22 minutes over four games.

Called up for the August transfer window with his national team, like Dairis Bertans, both will likely delay their arrival in Seville as Latvia face matches on August 25 (against Turkey) and August 28 (against Great Britain) from qualification for the 2023 Copa del World. Coosur Betis undergo medical examinations on Thursday and Friday before starting training on August 22.

If the negotiations with Kurucs finally crystallize, as it seems, Coosur Betis would close one of its planning priorities: the four open. It was not easy because, Hill and BJ Johnson currently occupying the two non-community cards, the club was clear that the profile had to meet two characteristics: being a member of the community or of Cotonou and non-resident (which did not play last season in the ACB). In other words, less leeway to enter the market. Kurucs, with qualities as interesting in his game as his experience in the NBA, fits this robot portrait and everything indicates that he will culminate with his acquisition, if there are no more surprises, the planning of Coosur Betis 2022 -23.

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