TOl Barcelona, in the absence of the decision of Pau Gasol on its continuity, it is missing a piece to close its template and it could be Nigel Hayes, American player of 26 years and 2.03 meters. According to the Eurohoops website, it has advanced conversations with the Barça club.
He is a player who responds to the profile sought by Barça, as he can play both forward and power forward. This way it would alleviate the exits of Adam Hanga and Victor Claver. His main supporter in the Barça team would be the coach Sarunas Jasikevicius, with whom he already agreed in the Zalgiris in the 2019-20 season. Last year he averaged 9.5 points (with a remarkable 44.3% from 3s), 3.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and a PIR of 9.8.
The American was close to committing to AS Monaco, which next season will premiere in the Euroleague, but has decided wait before the interest of Barcelona. His wish is to play with the Catalans, who have another open front with Gabriel Deck, another of the options that they handle to close the template, although his arrival from the Thunder seems more complex.
Brief NBA experience
Hayes this summer rushed his options to return to the NBA, where he played nine games in the 17-18 season between the Lakers, the Raptors and the Kings. That possibility has not ended giving and, now, if the accounts have just settled, it will be the fourth signing of Barcelona after the arrivals of Rokas Jokubaitis, which also coincided with Jasikevicius in Kaunas, Nico Laprovittola and Sertac Sanli.