UA new transfer with his consequent move has taken Juancho Hernangmez from Boston to San Antonio. The Spurs will be his fourth team in the six seasons he has been in the NBA. Except for short periods of time, he has not seemed settled since he arrived in 2016. Physical problems hurt him at times when he seemed to gain weight in the Nuggets and in the Timberwolves. Now he has 38 games to try to convince a franchise that he has a place in the League. If not, at 26 years old, he is aware that he cannot continue playing residual minutes and would return to Europe, where Real Madrid would bid for him.
At first, the change seems positive for Juancho, because it will be difficult for him to play less than he did for the Celtics. So far this season, he has participated in only 18 games with a total of 96 minutes, exactly two complete NBA games. His stats in those games are 5.3 minutes, 1.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and 5/27 shooting from the field.
But just because he can do better in San Antonio doesn’t mean he’s going to do well. You will find great competition at both the small forward and power forward positions, where you usually play. Keldon Johnson, Doug McDermott, Keita Bates-Diop and Thaddeus Young play at least 14 minutes a game and Zach Collins is expected to return shortly. Juancho could bring his intensity both in defense and on the rebound. The Spurs are the seventh team that concedes the most points in the entire NBA. Over there, and through a decent outside shot, he could help them.
The team revolves around Dejounte Murray, who is having the season of his career with averages of 19.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists. Another ‘short’, Derrick White is his best squire (14.6 points and 5.5 assists). And the Austrian Jakob Poeltl is the starting pvot with 12.4 points and 9.0 rebounds. They are the most outstanding of a young team in which only McDermott and Young are already 30 years old. There are 11 players with 25 or less.
The Spanish forward will have the privilege of working under a historic coach like Gregg Popovich, winner of five rings and the first to reach 2,000 games with a single NBA team. He is also close to being the one with the most victories in the history of the competition. At 72, he may be facing his last active season and it’s not going too well. The Spurs are twelfth in the Western Conference with a record of 16-28.
Juancho arrives with a contract of 6.9 million dollars. He has another signed for next season, but it’s not guaranteed. He will receive 7.4 million if an NBA team confirms it before June 30. If that doesn’t happen, the forward’s future will be in Europe, where he will return with a good lineup. Real Madrid would be one of the teams that would bid for him. Despite the return of Gabriel Deck, the renewal of Guerschon Yabusele and the fact that Anthony Randolph still has a contract, the Whites would fight to win one of the most attractive pieces on the market: quality, intensity, many years of career ahead, national… .