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Ex-Spurs guard Nando de Colo parts ways with CSKA Moscow, hints about desire to return to NBA

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Former San Antonio Spurs guard Nando de Colo has parted ways with CSKA Moscow. This could possibly pave the way for a return to the NBA.

Eurohoops.net confirmed the development on June 18.

CSKA Moscow announced that Nando de Colo won’t continue with the team in the next season. de Colo parts ways with the reigning EuroLeague champion as a free agent, after a five-year stint.

‘I have achieved everything possible with CSKA. Now, I think I have a chance to change something. To find a new challenge and fight again at the highest level,’ de Colo said per CSKA’s official website.

de Colo joined CSKA Moscow in 2014 after an NBA run with the Toronto Raptors and the San Antonio Spurs. The French guard proceeded to help CSKA win the EuroLeague titles of 2016 and 2019, plus five VTB League trophies.

With CSKA, de Colo was named EuroLeague season and Final Four MVP in 2016. He made the All-EuroLeague First Team in 2016, 2017, and 2018 and the Second Team in 2015 and 2019.

de Colo averaged just 3.8 points off the bench in 119 career NBA games from 2012 to 2014. It seems his five-year stint with CSKA Moscow was the seasoning he needed.

The bigger question looms: will he play in the NBA again? Perhaps a career in the NBA G League is more realistic at this point. At 31 years old, de Colo is no spring chicken. If he exceeds expectations, he could crack another NBA roster spot.