Marcelo Huertas has excelled while representing teams of two continents – the Brazilian national team and FC Barcelona.
Now, he’s preparing a jump to a third.
After years of playing significant roles in the Euroleague and on the Brazilian national team, point guard Marcelo Huertas is planning a move to the NBA next season, Yahoo Sports has learned.
Huertas, 31, a savvy, athletic 6-foot-3 playmaker and a deft shooter, is expected to be aggressively pursued as a backup guard in July free agency.
Huertas has been anchored to the Spanish ACB League the past six years with long-term deals that contained significant NBA buyouts, but finally is free of those hurdles. He hasn’t ruled out returning to FC Barcelona next year if the right NBA offer doesn’t emerge, but Huertas is determined to take a serious look at joining the NBA.
“This is the right time,” Huertas told Yahoo Sports.
On one hand, this is the right time, because the NBA has become a pick-and-roll league and Huertas is a pick-and-roll point guard with good floor vision.
On the other hand, this is a tough time, because point guard is such a deep position in the NBA.
Still, Huertas should get offers. Whether any are high enough to convince him to leave Spain is another question that’ll be answered this summer.