7-Year NBA Veteran Heads Overseas, Could Bring NBA Brother With Him

Just one year removed from winning the EuroBasket MVP honors, seven-year NBA veteran Willie Hernangomez has decided to head home, signing with FC Barcelona in Spain.

The 29-year-old has signed a three-year deal with Barca, after playing with three different teams in his seven seasons in the NBA. In 344 total games Stateside, he averaged 14.5 minutes, 7.2 points and 5.5 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans declined their $2.6M team option for next season, making Hernangomez a free agent. 

The highlight of the 6'11" center's career was in leading Spain to the EuroBasket championship last summer, and being named tournament Most Valuable Player in the process. 

His younger brother, Juancho Hernangomez is said to be likely to follow in his footsteps to Barcelona. Juancho kept the EuroBasket honors all in the family when he was named the Finals MVP for his 27-point performance to lead Spain to victory.

But the 27-year-old had another frustrating year in the NBA, his 7th, getting into 42 games for the Toronto Raptors but averaging just 2.9 points in those contests in 14.6 minutes. Barca has reportedly also made an offer to the star of the Hollywood film, Hustle, to join his older brother back in Spain. No confirmation as yet as to Juancho's decision on whether to accept the offer. 

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