It looked like the San Antonio Spurs would get Adam Hanga for the 2017-18 season, but he chose to stay overseas.
In June, News4SanAntonio.com reported Adam Hanga’s desire to join the San Antonio Spurs for next season. The organization selected him in the 2011 NBA Draft, but he chose to stay overseas for the past six years.
However, hopes of Hanga becoming a Spur took a hit on Saturday. EuroHoops.net reported that Barcelona agreed to a deal with Hanga worth €7.5 million — around $8.55 million — for three years. It’s described as a “vinculante” or binding offer, so Hanga’s former team, Baskonia, has to match the deal. This is reminiscent to a restricted free agent in the NBA.
Could this have been influenced by the Rudy Gay signing? Gay plays small forward, which is the position Hanga also mans. If Hanga had joined the Spurs, getting ample time on the court may have been difficult, especially with Kawhi Leonard’s presence on the roster.
Outside of Hanga, there’s Kyle Anderson that can play the ring. Jonathon Simmons, too, if he returns. So a spot for this Hungarian forward wouldn’t have been clear-cut, in terms of quality minutes, which he’s received in Europe (25.1 minutes per game in six seasons).
Through Hanga’s six seasons in the Euroleague, he averaged 9.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. He also had the reputation of a top defensive player. This will be continued with Barcelona for the next three years, while the odds of him joining the Spurs dwindle.
When Hanga’s deal expires, he’ll be 31-years-old. Would San Antonio want him by then? How about his desire to come play in the United States after achieving years of success in the Euroleague? Milos Teodosic just did this at age 30, so it’s possible.
Will Hanga ever join San Antonio? At this point, should he ever bother?