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After five stellar seasons in Europe, former Gonzaga star Kevin Pangos signed his first NBA contract.

Kevin Pangos

Kevin  Pangos
Position: PG, SG
Age: 28
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Birth place: Canada

The Canadian combo guard, who went undrafted in 2015, agreed to a two-year, $3.5 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to ESPN NBA Front Officer Insider Bobby Marks. Pangos’ agency, Priority Sports, confirmed to ESPN that the first year of Pangos’ contract is worth $1.67 million and is fully guaranteed.

Two weeks ago, BasketNews reported the Cavaliers' interest in the player. In addition to the Cavs, Pangos was also garnering interest from the Toronto Raptors and Memphis Grizzlies, The Athletic’s Blake Murphy recently reported. The former Gonzaga point guard has dominated overseas since turning pro in 2015, playing professionally for Gran Canaria (Spain), Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania), FC Barcelona (Spain), and Zenit Saint Petersburg (Russia).

Considered to be one of the top point guards in the Euroleague, the 29-year-old averaged 13.5 points and 6.6 assists last season with Zenit, earning All-EuroLeague First Team honors and leading his team to its first-ever playoff berth. Pangos was an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection and helped Zalgiris Kaunas reach the 2018 EuroLeague Final Four – the first time in 20 years the Lithuanian club had been there. While overseas, Pangos has averaged double figures in three of his five seasons and averaged at least 3.2 assists every year.

It’s unclear how Pangos will fit in with the Cavaliers, who already have three point guards in Darius Garland, Collin Sexton, and Ricky Rubio.

I understand the wish to go to NBA but this seems like a horrible decision. He is going to a very bad team, with a very bad roster and very bad setup. He could have made same or more money in Europe, played for title, and actually be a star. Sometimes it is very hard to understand the motivation behind signing like that.
Well done !Well deserved !
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