Saturday, July 16, 2011

Nik Caner-Medley Signs with Valencia

Nik Caner-Medley (2002-06) had a great individual season playing for Asefa Estudiantes in Madrid, Spain, but the team was mired in the bottom half of the ACB league and missed the playoffs. Next season should be different, as Caner-Medley signed this week (translation) to play with Power Electronics Valencia, which finished in 3rd place last season and should be competitive again next year. Caner-Medley, who was named ACB Player of the Month three times last season, was one of the most highly sought-after free agents in Spain this summer, with three other teams seriously competing for his services:
Cajasol, Estudiantes, and Unicaja were also interested in acquiring the services of the most valued player of the last regular season. In the games he played in against those teams, he scored 14.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, and a 17.6 player rating, which allowed him to sneak into the first team all-star team ahead of former Valencia star Dusko Savanovic. Caner-Medley will now take Savanovic's place in Valencia, if Efes Pilsen eventually ends up paying a million and a half for the Serb's escape clause.

Unicaja had spoken more than once with the player asking for patience. But their number one goal was to sign Malaga's Judson Wallace and only if he opted for Barcelona would they go to Caner-Medley. The American did not dislike the option of going to the Costa del Sol, but he was tired of waiting and the appearance of the offer of Power Electronics has ended his patience.

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