Sin just time to savor the impressive victory against Fenerbahce that gave him the pass to the quarterfinals of the Euroleague, Real Madrid found a new blow before landing in Barajas. Gabriel Deck sets imminent course for NBA and more specifically to Oklahoma city thunder, leaving Pablo Laso’s team very touched, who he loses one of his mainstays at the most important moment of the season.

The club I already knew the news of the Argentine’s departure before the match in Istanbul and now he will have to react in the market to replace a forward who had become one of the team’s supporters after the departure of his compatriot Facundo Campazzo in November and the injury of Anthony Randolph. Two direct conceded by Madrid that He barely put suture to the second with the signing of Alex Tyus.

Now things get even more complicated for the madridista team, whose market possibilities are very limited. Whites can try a transfer to replace Deck, but his substitute may only play in the Endesa League since the period for registering players for the Euroleague ended last March. Therefore, Laso will have one less cash in a very depleted workforce to face the quarterfinals of the continental competition, where Madrid will meet or with Armani Milan or with the Turkish Efes.


The whites will have the money of the Deck clause (close to two million euros and not limited in time) to go to a very limited market at this stage of the course. Without being able to sign to play the Euroleague, the whites will have to look for a player who is not competing in the top continental competition, which greatly limits their ability to move.

During the season Madrid has shown interest in Marius grigonis, Zalgiris Kaunas player and that will not be in the top 8 of the continental competition. With different characteristics from Deck, Madrid could now resume its intention to sign the Lithuanian, who has a affordable Kaunas set exit clause and that has become one of the sensations of the season in Europe.

The solution does not seem easy for a Madrid that already knew about Deck’s intentions, to which tried to renew at the end of 2020. The white club made one last approach to try to retain the Argentine, the second lowest paid player in the squad just ahead of Garuba, but this came too late. Now they will have to supply the Argentine. They will have money in the box, but it will not be the same.

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