By Aris Barkas/ barkas@Eurohoops.net
After six seasons in the NBA, Tomas Satoransky will return to Europe and back to FC Barcelona inking a four-year contract with the Catalonia giant, according to Eurohoops sources.
Satoransky, 30, will officially become an NBA free agent at the end of the month but switching sides of the Atlantic was considered probable. He was nearing a deal with Barca, as reported by Eurohoops last week, and was previously linked to back-to-back Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion Anadolu Efes as well.
The Czech guard concluded his initial stint at Barcelona in 2016. Spending the next six years in the NBA, he produced 6.6 points, 3.9 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals, and 0.1 blocks per contest over 408 appearances split between the Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs.
In 2012, the Wizards had selected him with the 32nd overall pick of the draft. Past the midway point of the successful tenure at CB Sevilla, now named Coosur Real Betis, he was two years away from landing in Barcelona and starting the first run with the storied club. He turned pro in 2007 as a member of his hometown USK Praha.
Falling short of redeeming first place in the regular-season standings in both the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and Spain’s Liga Endesa, the team coached by Lithuanian play-caller Sarunas Jasikevicius lost to archrival Real Madrid in the Final Four Semifinals and ACB Finals, respectively. Bringing back Satoransky confirms intentions of strengthening the squad for the 2022-23 season. Czech national team partner Jan Vesely is expected to be among Barca’s summer additions as well.
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