With Ryan Broekhoff having been released on Tuesday by the Dallas Mavericks, EuroLeague giant Olympiacos Piraeus has been quick to try and capitalise on the off chance that the Australian sharpshooter could be lured back to Europe.
As reported by Josh Halickman at the Sports Rabbi, Olympiacos have offered Broekhoff a two-year deal that would see the Victorian play in the EuroLeague competition.
There is substance behind the report, given recently appointed Olympiacos head coach Georgios Bartzok was one of Broekhoff's former coaches during his time Lokomotiv Kuban in Russia during the 2015/16 season.
The 29-year-old was only played in 17 games by the Mavericks this season, averaging 4.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 10 minutes per game, while shooting the three-ball at an impressive 40.3% clip despite often coming off the bench cold.
The modern game covets players who boast size, versatility and three-point shooting, with Broekhoff checking off all three. While there are some NBA teams that could yet be interested and indeed sign Broekhoff for the remainder of the current season (read Jacob's analysis here), a move back to Europe, at least in the short team could prove an attractive option for the former Lokomotiv Kuban star.
A guaranteed two-year deal with one of the best teams in Europe (with the assumption that an NBA out clause is in place) and a chance to play regular meaningful minutes for a coach who values him would be extremely attractive. When factoring in the lead up to the Tokyo Olympics and the importance of playing time, this situation could well be the deal clincher. The only sticking point could be his young family, who are currently based in the United States.
Olympiacos are currently sitting in 12th place in the EuroLeague standings, just a single game outside the top 8. An addition such as Broekhoff, could see the team make a run toward securing a top eight berth.
Despite being provided with limited opportunities in Dallas, Broekhoff made the most of those he received. While there is hope he may remain in the NBA, its good to know that Broekhoff is not likely to be short of playing options, whether it is in the US or back in Europe.