And-Ones: Hernangomez, Brazdeikis, Take Fouls, Mitrou-Long



Juancho Hernangomez Told Daniel Arribas from El País (tip of the hat to HoopsHype) that he “can’t imagine” returning to Europe next season, despite speculation about the possibility. “I haven’t spoken to anyone or signed any offers,” he said.

While the Celtics are three championship wins away, Hernangomez said his 18-game stint with Boston was not a pleasant experience. “I was not happy there, it was very hard. There was no communication” he said. “I didn’t know what was expected of me. There were a lot of super selfish players, no team building. I kind of lost my love for basketball.

Hernangomez finished the season with the Jazz and is technically under contract until 2022/23, but his $7.42 million salary for next season is not guaranteed. Utah is expected to make him a free agent before the guaranteed deadline at the end of the month.

We have more from the world of basketball:

  • Magic forward Ignas Brazdeikis will play for Lithuania in the FIBA ​​World Cup Qualifiers this summer, according to BasketNews.com. “I want to play and I will play for Lithuania” says Brazdeikis. Brazdeikis was born in Lithuania but grew up in Canada and has a Canadian passport. It took almost two years for the Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LKF) to complete all the necessary paperwork to receive official confirmation from FIBA ​​that he could play for his national team.
  • NBA coaches and players frustrated with transition fouls will see rules change next season, commissioner says Adam Silver, Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press writing. The fouls, committed to prevent quick-breaking baskets, will carry stiffer penalties next season. The G League rule grants teams one free throw and one possession, while international rules call for a penalty of two free throws plus possession.
  • Fenerbahce are currently leading the race for the former NBA guard Naz Mitrou-Longaccording to the Italian newspaper La Prealpina (hats off to Sportando). Mitrou-Long is also pursued by Olimpia Milano after a great season with Germani Brescia. He appeared in 20 NBA games, most recently with Indiana in 2019/20.