NBA Los Blancos will retain his rights in Europe
Real Madrid point guard Facundo Campazzo will play in the NBA next season, with the team best positioned to land him being the Denver Nuggets.
The franchise tempted the Argentine in the summer of 2019 and have not taken their eyes off him since. While there has been a lot of interest in Campazzo, it is Denver who are leading the race for his signature. However, one team that have withdrawn from the race are the Minnesota Timberwolves, where Pablo Prigioni is an assistant, after they traded for Ricky Rubio on Wednesday night.
NBA free agency gets underway from 00:00 CET on Saturday, shortly after Campazzo will have finished his penultimate match for Real Madrid: a EuroLeague fixture against Fenerbahce. Once free agency begins, the 29-year-old will be able to negotiate and pick the team of his choice, which is expected to be the Nuggets.
Campazzo will bid farewell to Real Madrid on Sunday after their match against BAXI Manresa, with the guard able to sign his free-agent contract from this point onwards. Before he can do that, he must officially no longer be on Los Blancos’ roster. Campazzo has a release clause of six million euros and he will pay this in instalments, with the player having already contributed towards it with his salary this season.
Real Madrid, as far as MARCA are aware, will retain Campazzo’s rights in Europe. This comes after their previous experiences with Nikola Mirotic and Sergio Rodriguez, both of whom paid release clauses and went to the NBA without Los Blancos retaining their rights. One ended up going to Barcelona and the other to CSKA Moscow, although Rodriguez is now at Armani Milan.
As such, should Campazzo not flourish in the NBA and decide that he wants to return to Europe, the Argentine will be able to return to WiZink Center. What’s clear is that Campazzo is one of the best guards in Europe and Real Madrid will find it very tough to replace him.
The Nuggets reached the Western Conference finals last season but came up short against the Los Angeles Lakers. Now, in Campazzo, they have added another offensive weapon to join the likes of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.