ANDhe Barcelona has closed the hiring of Nigel Hayes, a forward of 2.03 meters and 26 years old, who can also occupy the position of power forward. The American player, awaiting the medical examination, signs for a season and, in the absence of Pau Gasol’s decision on his continuity, closes the Barça squad.
The club and the player had advanced conversations for a long time. Hayes, who came close to committing himself to the Euroleague rookie AS Monaco, put off the Monegasque team amid Barça’s interest. His wish was to wear a blaugrana and play under the command of Sarunas Jasikevicius, with whom he already coincided two seasons ago at Zalgiris.
Hayes responds to the profile sought by Barça, as he can play both as 3 and 4. In this way he will alleviate the exits of Adam Hanga and Víctor Claver. His arrival prevents the signing of ex-Madrid player Gabriel Deck, who was also on the agenda, but whose arrival at the Palau was very complex.
Last year, in his second season at Zalgiris, the future Barça player averaged 9.5 points (with a remarkable 44.3% from 3-pointers), 3.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and a PIR of 9.8. He also has NBA experience after playing nine games in the 17-18 season between the Lakers, Raptors and Kings.