ANDn only 48 hours, Real Madrid made two major moves in the short term but also in the medium. The whites made sure Gabriel Deck’s return from the NBA, thus increasing the potential of a very large and brimming with quality staff, and announced the renewal for three seasons of Guerschon Yabusele, one of the sensations of the season who had signed for a single course and who would surely be wanted by the American League next summer. Presumably his contract will have been shielded to avoid that temptation.
These are two extraordinary operations. With the Argentine, Madrid has anticipated the possible offers it could have from big clubs in Europe. With the Frenchman, the noise that his possible departure could cause as the season progresses is avoided. The problem has been nipped in the bud by extending his contract earlier than the white club is used to, which usually does these things after the Copa del Rey. The performance offered so far is well worth this exception.
They are two bets of present and future. Deck has signed until 2024 and Yabusele until 2025. The plan is for both to be key players in future projects, but the return of one and the expansion of the other offer some clues. For example Tristan Vukcevic is going to have very complicated minutes and that he can go out on loan. And, about the template for the next course, which some players are going to have complicated continuity. The most, Trey Thompkins.
The power forward underwent an arthroscopy on his left knee back in May and has not yet been able to play. He was about to do so when his joint swelled and his return was delayed. It could finally be close. but when i come back you will find overbooking in the ‘4’: the aforementioned Yabusele, a Deck that performs just as well there and Anthony Randolph, who also needs to pick up pace after his long injury and who has one more year left on his contract. Thompkins His relationship with Madrid ends, his position is well covered, his physical ailments do not help him nor do any extra-sports problems and on top of that he occupies a non-EU position, something that weighs him down to play in the Endesa League.
Another who ends his contract and whose future is in the wings is Jeffery Taylor, a Praetorian from Laso in recent years, but he has been losing weight even in defense, which is his specialty. The arrival of Deck, effective on both sides of the track, will subtract even more prominence. Fabien Causeur, who also ends his contract in the summer, has one more option to renew than him. The Frenchman has taken a step forward this season in which points from outside were needed. He averages 8.9 in the Euroleague, his highest since he arrived in Madrid and the fourth best of the team. And this with a remarkable 42.4% from the triple.
Llull and Rudy as long as they want
The renewals of two myths of Real Madrid like Sergio Llull and Rudy Fernández seem certain, that probably they will retire in white and when they want, style of Philip Reyes. At 34 and 36 years old, respectively, they continue to be fundamental pieces for Laso after overcoming physical problems that have forced them to modify their game. They are two lifesavers to hold on to in the most delicate moments. The old guard responds.
The last one to end his contract is Thomas Heurtel, although he signed for one season with an option for another. For now, base performance is remarkable. His ability to score and create games are noticeable when he is on the court. He is the team’s third best scorer in the Euroleague (9.2) and the best assistant (4.2). Probably, as in several of the previous cases, his performance in the decisive part of the season will mark his future.
Madrid has advanced an important part of its duties with the Deck and Yabusele operations. It’s still January, but it’s about two balls that will have a great influence on the preparation of the squad for next year and give some clues.