VÍctor Claver was introduced this morning as a new Valencia Basket player for the next three seasons. The 32-year-old, 2.08-meter Spanish international returns to the club nine years after leaving it in the summer of 2012 to head for the NBA and join the Portland Trail Blazers. He is now coming to the Taronja team after leaving Barça, a team with which last season he was champion of the Endesa League and the King’s Cup and a finalist in the Euroleague.
The forward was trained in the Valencia Basket youth academy as a cadet and debuted with the first team in October 2006. “You all know me. You have seen me grow with this club since even before I put on the shirt when I was 16 years old and I am very excited about I have received a lot of affection, not only from my family who are very happy that I am coming home, but from all the people in the fans and the club. Coming home means much more than playing at the Fonteta again, it means everything. what you can transmit from the court and that is the most important thing. My goal is to continue helping the club to grow with the experience that I have accumulated over the years, “said Claver, who will wear the number 1 on his shirt.
After playing for three seasons with the Blazers, Claver returned to Europe. He played first for Khimki and then for Lokomotiv Kuban before returning to the Endesa League and joining Barcelona. Now go home. “I want to add my grain of sand to help this new project meet its objectives. That is my motivation. And to be an example for young players, who see that it is possible if you work to reach the first team. Valencia Basket has always It has been my team, since I left, it has always been a priority to be able to return home and I am very happy to be here again, “he said.
Paco Raga, honorary president of Valencia Basket, assured that “it is a great joy to welcome back to the club one of the most important exponents in the history of Valencian basketball. A more mature Victor Claver returns, who has accumulated experience always competing at the highest level both in clubs and in the Spanish national team. I hope that he will soon feel as comfortable as in his first stage. And that he can help us to continue growing and reaching new challenges. “