Credit: ZUMAPRESS.com-SCANPIX
Credit ZUMAPRESS.com-SCANPIX

One of the strangest and most awkward situations in the recent history of Real Madrid  has finally been clarified, as Jaycee Carroll is retiring and the Spanish club will pay him a tribute on a date yet to be determined.

Free throws this season

77%
11,3
Points made: 11,3
Accuracy: 76,5%
Place in standings: 13
Record max: 22
Record min: 4
Most made FTs: Walter Tavares

The American guard, who's also the player with the most games in the history of the club (709), has been spending a lot of time at his ranch in Utah but he will return to Spain to say goodbye to his former club and its fans.

Carroll left at the end of last season without giving an answer to Madrid about a possible return. With the passage of time, it was assumed that he would not return and that he would quit professional basketball, but Real Madrid weren't eager to sign a replacement, which triggered a serious problem in the outside shot.

Although Carroll turned 39 in April, Madrid made him an offer for another contract last season. The player never responded, but being one of president Florentino Perez's favorite players, they gave him time to think about it. In preseason, when a player asked for the number 20, he was told that it was reserved for Jaycee.

Until very recently, Carroll's face had been on the official website of the team as a member of the squad. His picture and name were taken off shortly before the Final Four in Belgrade. 

Carroll is a legend of the basketball section of Real Madrid. He was the first signing of the Pablo Laso era in 2011 and has won 20 titles with the club: two EuroLeagues, five Spanish Leagues, six Cups, as many Super Cups and one Intercontinental Cup. Real Madrid's tribute will serve to send him off as he deserves.

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