UNICS Kazan added some major firepower as it signed Mario Hezonja on a contract for one season and an option for a second year, the club announced Saturday. Hezonja (2.03 meters, 26 years old) comes to UNICS after finishing last season with Panathinaikos OPAP Athens, where he averaged 14.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.6 steals in eight EuroLeague games. The 2020-21 campaign was the Croatian forward’s first back in Europe after spending the previous five seasons in the NBA – 2015 to 2018 with Orlando then single seasons with New York and Portland. Hezonja started his career with Dubrovnik before playing with KK Zagreb and helping the club win the 2011 Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament title. He then joined Barcelona in 2012 and played there three seasons, compiling 38 games in the EuroLeague to go along with the 2014 Spanish League crown before starting his NBA career. Hezonja also has played for his native Croatia, winning the gold medal at the FIBA U16 European Championship 2011 and bronze at the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2012. He also participated in the 2016 Olympic Games.
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