Former Thunder swingman Alex Abrines getting interest from Barcelona
With his NBA career currently in the balance, former Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Alex Abrines appears to be headed back home to his native of Spain.
Per Sportando, renowned Spanish outfit Barcelona are looking at the prospect of reuniting with Abrines.
According to a report from L’Esportiu Catalunya, Barcelona is willing to bring back Alex Abrines. The Spanish swingman was waived by the Thunder back in February after some personal issues. Barcelona wants to refresh their backcourt, as they’re already targeting also CSKA’s Cory Higgins.
Prior to entering the NBA in 2016, Abrines played four seasons with Barcelona between 2012 to 2016. In his final year for the team, the 6-foot-6 wing averaged 9.9 points, 1.9 three pointers, 2.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 0.9 steals in 20.0 minutes per contest.
Abrines was drafted by the Thunder in 2013 as the 32nd overall pick, but the Spaniard wouldn’t make his NBA debut until 2016 at the age of 23. He would end up playing for the Thunder for three seasons, putting up career averages of 5.3 points, 1.3 three-pointers, 1.4 rebounds, 0.5 assists, and 0.5 steals in 16.0 minutes per ballgame.
Ultimately, Abrines would find it difficult to adjust to life in the NBA, and he was unable to fully adapt his game at the highest level. In February, Oklahoma City decided to part ways with Abrines, placing him on the waiver wire.
At 25, Abrines will now look to revive his career in Spain, and hopefully, a return to the NBA somewhere down the road will be forthcoming.