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Raptors RFA Nando De Colo Re-Signs With CSKA Moscow

The Toronto Raptors won’t be getting a shot at signing their restricted free agent Nando De Colo this summer as the Euroleague MVP has decided to re-sign with CSKA Moscow for another three seasons according to

He won everything there was to win this year, both at an individual and at a team level. His magnificent performances attracted some heavy attention from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. But despite the call from the sirens of the NBA, the French combo guard chose to stay in the CSKA Moscow, by signing a new three-year contract.

“I am very happy to continue playing for CSKA”, De Colo said in the team’s official website after the renewal of his contract was announced. “It wasn’t a tough decision to take. I came back to Europe to play, to use the opportunities and carry more responsibility day-by-day. This is what I did, what I had here with the club. This year we had an amazing season. And this is what I want: to play, to do it for the best team in Europe and to be one of the leaders of this team. This is what is the most important for me, this is why I signed with CSKA”.

The most wanted free agent in Europe was the regular season MVP, the Euroleague Final Four MVP and a Euroleague Champion this past year where he averaged 17.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists over 63 games while shooting 55.1 percent on twos, 42.9 percent from three-point range and 93.4 percent from the free throw line.

The Raptors had acquired De Colo in a 2014 trade deadline deal with the Spurs and have maintained his rights since the guard signed with Moscow that summer. There was a lot of interest in De Colo from NBA teams this off season as the 28-year-old guard had earlier declined his player option with Moscow and was expected to be available as an NBA restricted free agent this July.



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