Credit: FIBA
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Real Madrid have reached an agreement with Mario Hezonjaaccording to Marca.

Mario Hezonja

Mario  Hezonja
Team: UNIKS Kazan
Position: SF
Age: 27
Height: 202 cm
Weight: 91 kg
Birth place: Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Croatian forward, who played this year with UNICS Kazan, is set to become the EuroLeague finalists' first signing ahead of next season and as coach Pablo Laso is preparing his team for the quarterfinal series against BAXI Manresa.

No more details about the case have been known and, up to this point, there is no official confirmation from Madrid either.

Mario Hezonja had become a priority for Real Madrid since last year, when the two sides established contacts, which were not concluded.

Hezonja arrived at FC Barcelona at the age of just 17 and became one of their stars from the 2012 season. In 2015 he decided to move overseas after being selected with the number 5 in the NBA Draft and went through the Orlando Magic, the New York Knicks and the Portland Trail Blazers, but returned to Europe in 2021 for his favorite team, Panathinaikos OPAP Athens.

This season, the 27-year-old Croatian averaged 14.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 14.2 PIR over 25 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games for UNICS Kazan.

On March 22, Russian clubs were officially excluded from the 2021-22 EuroLeague season due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Real Madrid are expected to undergo an extensive restructuring at the end of this season. The arrival of Sergio Rodríguez is also almost certain and the team is working on other cases, such as Pierria Henry or Lorenzo Brown, in case the former UNICS Kazan guard ends up getting the Spanish passport.

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Mario Hezonja

Mario  Hezonja
Mario  Hezonja
MIN: 29.63
PTS: 14.24 (50.56%)
REB: 6.08
As: 1.76
ST: 1.24
BL: 0.32
TO: 2.32
GM: 25