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Brooklyn Nets and Khimki Moscow interested in Ryan Broekhoff
Ryan Broekhoff is reportedly weighing up a 2-year deal with EuroLeague side Khimki Moscow, but is waiting to see if an NBA deal materialises before signing.
As reported by Eurohoops.net, Ryan Broekhoff has a 2-year deal on the table from Russian outfit Khimki Moscow. Yet after working out for a number of NBA teams, which includes the Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans and Brooklyn Nets, it's Brooklyn that has apparently shown the most interest.
After starring with Besiktas in the Turkish League, the 6’7 wing moved to Russia in signing with Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, shining in both the EuroLeague and more recently the EuroCup.
Having already earned the mantle of Turkish League All-Star, Broekhoff also became a VTB United League All-Star, winning the three-point contest in the 2018 event. His 2017-18 season was his best year to date, and it has him poised to become the next Australian player to make it to the NBA.
Broekhoff excelled as Lokomotiv’s leading scorer this season before a broken thumb saw his EuroCup and VTB United League season ended prematurely. His return was bungled by his club, despite being declared fit. Before the injury, the 2016 Rio Olympian was delivering a team-best 12.3 points with 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 26.6 minutes per game, shooting a remarkable 50.6% from beyond the arc as the 6th man off the bench.
More importantly, his side was unbeaten heading into the EuroCup quarterfinals and tabbed as one of the favourites to win the championship at the time, and went on to be named to the All-EuroCup Team.
In the VTB United League, Broekhoff was also impressive, continuing to shoot the three-ball at 46% while adding 8.1 points and 4 rebounds per game. However, much like their early exit from the EuroCup finals, Lokomotiv would finish the year without postseason success, the absence of their Victorian three-point marksman being one reason among others.
Measuring 6’7 and a deadly shooter, Broekhoff fits the modern-day “3 and D” archetype, yet also offers exceptional rebounding as a wing. It is hard not to see his skillset translating to the NBA given an opportunity.
The Nets as a destination makes some sense for Broekhoff. They require a versatile wing that can shoot and play defence. Will Weaver, who is an assistant coach with the Long Island Nets --the Brooklyn Nets' G-League affiliate team-- is also an assistant coach of the Australian Boomers.
Broekhoff is reportedly going to wait before making his decision on signing the Khimki contract. Here's hoping an alternative contract offer will eventuate and turn his NBA aspirations into reality.