For four seasons, Sergio Rodriguez — AKA Spanish Chocolate — was a solid backup NBA point guard out of Spain, playing most of that for the Trail Blazers behind peak Brandon Roy.
But he decided he enjoyed playing in Europe more, and headed back overseas to play for Real Madrid, where he led them to a EuroLeague title and a Spanish League title.
Now he’s coming back to the NBA, and it looks like he’ll land in Brooklyn, according to the well-connected David Pick.
The Nets started Jarrett Jack at the point most of last season, but because of his knee issues they may not pick up the team option to keep him. After that, the talent level drops off fast with Shane Larkin and Donald Sloan. The Nets just drafted Caris LeVert out of Michigan, but he has plenty of questions to answer at the next level.
Rodriguez would be an upgrade — he’s a pass-first point who is strong running the pick-and-roll and is a reasonably efficient scorer. He doesn’t take a lot of threes (or jump shots in general) but as he’s gotten older he hits them at a better and better clip. He operates well in space. He’s not much of a defender. He’s a smart player with some flare to his game.
It will be fun to see him back in the league.