By Eurohoops Team/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Sacramento Kings general manager Monte McNair and vice president Phil Jabour are traveling to Athens, Greece in order to watch Olympiacos Piraeus forward Sasha Vezenkov in action according to Sotiris Vetakis. The Kings own Vezenkov’s NBA rights and have been closely monitoring him over the last year.
McNair and Jabour will attend the Greek League derby between Olympiacos and archrival Panathinaikos Athens Sunday (19/3) where Vezenkov and his teammates will look to extend their undefeated streak on a domestic level. Jabour is expected to also be present in the next Greek League game of Olympiacos vs. Lavrio BC Tuesday (21/3).
This is the second time this season that a member of the Kings travels to Greece to check out Vezenkov’s game up close. In February, Sacramento assistant coach Jay Triano watched the 27-year-old star winning MVP in the Greek Cup after averaging 19.0 points 7.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists.
Vezenkov signed a multiyear contract extension with Olympiacos in January. The deal includes an increase on both the player’s salary and the sum of his NBA buyout.
In his latest game, Vezenkov scored 25 points and hit the game-winner in a road win of Olympiacos over Zalgiris Kaunas. So far in the 2022-23 EuroLeague, he’s posting competition-highs 18.2 points and 7.3 rebounds. He’s considered the favorite to win MVP.