Rodions Kurucs, the power forward that Betis Basketball is missing

Rodion Kurucs is the missing piece Betis Basketball to complete your template. The Sevillian team, after the renewal of Evans, was only waiting for a power forward with an outside shot that would reinforce the inside game. And he will be the Latvian, as Emiliano Carchia advanced in Sporting and was able to confirm this newspaper.

The Latvian, 24 years old and 2.06 metersis a forward converted to four because of its size and is in the concentration of his team together with the already Betic Dairis Bertans. It is a bet of the Verdiblanco team, since it seeks to relaunch its career after his time in the NBA and playing last season for Partizan under Zeljko Obradovic averaging five points, 2.1 rebounds and two assists.

Former Barcelona player He arrived at the Barça club in the summer of 2015 and left in 2018 for the NBA, so it is a training quotaafter being chosen in the 40th position of the NBA draft by the Brooklyn Nets. He played in the NBA 139 games, 118 of them with the Nets. He also played in Rockets and in the Bucksalthough above all he stood out in the Long Island Nets of the American Development League.

Last season he tried to recover the pulse of the European competition by joining Partizan, but things did not go well for him due to a lack of understanding with Obradovic, without having any conflict.

He comes from doing the Summer League with the Raptors (5.8 points in four games) suffering a fracture in the face. “The coaches liked my versatile performance, my defense and how I move without the ball, but the team is built differently and a player like me is not really necessary.” About his time in the NBA he highlighted in a Latvian medium: “It was a tough year mentally. I had a lot of pressure from the coach. The Serbian school is like that. We had no conflict, he just didn’t like something, “she explained about her relationship with Obradovic.

Born in Cesis, he grew up in the lower echelons of VEF Riga before being signed by Barcelona in 2015. He debuted in the ACB in the 2017-2018 season, precisely in San Pablo against Betis Energía Plus. He contributed two points in Barça’s 82-89 victory against Betis led by Óscar Quintana. Before, in 2016-2017 he had already debuted in the Euroleague.

Summoned by the Latvian team, like Dairis Bertans, will play on August 25 (against Turkey) and August 28 (against Great Britain) qualifying matches for the 2023 World Cup, so he will join the job with Betis Baloncesto later.



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