Thursday, September 05, 2013

Nik Caner-Medley Returns to Spain with Unicaja Malaga

Nik Caner-Medley (2002-06) is returning to Spain's ACB league this year, now playing for Unicaja Malaga. Translated excerpt:

Unicaja yesterday confirmed the arrival of Nik Caner-Medley to Malaga for next season. The player himself, previously had announced his signing on Twitter. "I just signed my contract to play this season for Unicaja. Excited to get back to work and the fans proud to fight I say to you," he wrote from Miami, where he spent his summer.

Unicaja's new power forward is 29 years old and 2.03 meters. [...] The American (with Azerbaijan passport, so he is not counted as a non-European player) terminated his contract with Maccabi, with whom he had one more year.

Caner-Medley has a long history of playing in Spain before:

A year in Gran Canaria, one in Seville, two with Estudiantes, and one in Valencia make up an illustrious career that the American power forward has played in the ACB, a history valued by Joan Plaza and the team's management in the composition of the current squad.

In Tel Aviv, Caner-Medley signed a two-year, 750,000 euros a year deal. His salary in Malaga will be lower, but he will also receive compensation from the Israeli team for ending the contract.

He has 147 games of experience in the Spanish top flight, with averages of 27 minutes, 11.9 points (71% free throws, 52% in field goals and 34% from three), 6.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals; these stats were mostly earned playing at the highest level of competition. He played only one year with Valencia, helped Estudiantes make the playoffs and earned a second place finish in the Eurocup tournament.

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