Polished forward signed three-year contract
After weeks of speculation, Spanish national team member Victor Claver nevertheless strengthened Barcelona, with whom he has signed three-year contract. Brilliant forward spent the previous season in Lokomotiv Kuban, but as Valencia owns the rights to his contract in the Spanish ACB league, Catalan club had to pay compensation in the amount of two million euros to the Spanish club.
Claver initially was in talks with Real Madrid, with whom he soon agreed terms of cooperation, however, interfered clause which Valencia possesses, so because of the huge compensation the Royal club was forced to look for another solution. Having in mind that Barcelona this summer earned the sum of several million euros for the purchase of contracts of players that have gone to the NBA, fabulously compensation of Valencia was not a big problem.
Recently the bench of Barcelona took over Greek Georgios Bartzokas, which in Lokomotiv Kuban has already worked with Claver, and the new Barcelona player knows what is expected of him. It is the new coach of the Catalan powerhouse insisted on engaging this player, who after four years returned to Spain. Claver last summer was has already seen in Spain, when he agreed conditions with Laboral Kutxa, however, and then, as this year, an insurmountable obstacle represented compensation to Valencia.
Although the 28-year-old player is not as fast and explosive as before, he is still one of the most elite European players at his position. Versatile Claver in Lokomotiv Kuban played exclusively at power forward position, but in some rotations could cover the position of the small forward in Barcelona, primarily due to the fact that Stratos Perperoglou is only classic small forward in Barcelona roster. On the other hand, the club has a number of extraordinary power forwards, especially glossy Justin Doellman, but also Aleksandar Vezenkov, one of the most talented players in Europe.
There is no doubt that Victor Claver wil have significant impact on the game of Barcelona. One of the most sought after players this summer wanted to continue cooperation with the coach with whom he secured a place at the Euroleague Final Four tournament. Although is just the first signing of the club this summer, Barcelona hired a player whose quality makes a difference on the court.