By Johnny Askounis/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Howard Sant-Roos officially parted ways with Panathinaikos OPAP.
Sant-Roos, 31, was released by the Greens Wednesday. The Cuban playmaking forward was already seeking his next team with talks including Casademont Zaragoza and signed a contract to join the team readying for the 2022-23 edition of Spain’s Liga Endesa, according to Eurohoops sources. The deal became official Saturday.
He was under contract with Panathinaikos for the 2022-23 season but omitted from the plans of new head coach Dejan Radonjic. The storied Greek club picked up Andrew Andrews, Marius Grigonis, Arturas Gudaitis, Giorgos and Panagiotis Kalaitzakis, Paris Lee, Derrick Williams, and Nate Wolters, and is looking for one final addition in reshaping the roster. Lefteris Bochoridis and Giorgos Papagiannis, and youngsters Neoklis Avdalas, Nikos Chougkaz, Lefteris Mantzoukas, and Alex Samodurov are coming back.
In his third campaign overall and second at Panathinaikos in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, Sant-Roos produced 7.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.2 blocks per contest. The multitasking player upped his total of appearances in Europe’s premier club continental competition to 73, combined with the ten games played as a member of CSKA in 2019-20. Earlier ventures generated 41 games played in the Basketball Champions League between AEK and CEZ Nymburk with the 2018 7DAYS EuroCup championship at Darussafaka of those stints. Other team achievements include the 2019 FIBA Intercontinental Cup, the 2021 league championship in Greece, and a couple of domestic league titles in the Czech Republic.
On an additional note, Sant-Roos is sanctioned by FIBA and in theory, he is banned from playing in international competitions, after a BAT decision and a debate with his former agent Paolo Giuliani.
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