Sergio Rodriguez will be going back overseas to play professional basketball after agreeing to a deal with CSKA Moscow of the Euroleague and VTB United League.
David Pick reported Rodriguez signed a deal with CSKA Moscow through 2020.
Rodriguez signed with the Philadelphia 76ers in July 2016 after playing the previous six seasons with Real Madrid in Spain.
The 31-year-old averaged 7.8 points and 5.1 assists a game for the Sixers. Rodriguez’s production was below that of his final year with Madrid, when he put up 11.6 points and 6.1 assists a night.
The veteran guard couldn’t replicate his success on the perimeter, either. He connected on 40.7 percent of his attempts in 2015-16 but 36.5 percent of his three-point shots in Philadelphia.
Following an encouraging start, Rodriguez slipped in the second half of the season. He averaged 8.1 points with a 49.4 percent true shooting rate before the All-Star break. Both figures fell to 6.8 and 45.1 percent, respectively, after the All-Star break, per Basketball Reference.
Rodriguez’s biggest problems came on the defensive end. According to NBA.com, he allowed opposing players to shoot 41.2 percent from beyond the arc.
Still, Rodriguez performed relatively well considering injuries to Ben Simmons and Jerryd Bayless forced him to assume a bigger part in the lineup than the Sixers would’ve expected prior to the 2016-17 campaign.
Near the conclusion of the season, Rodriguez expressed a desire to stay in Philadelphia.
“I would love to be here,” he said in March, per the Philly.com’s Keith Pompey. “It’s a good situation for me being with players that were supposed to play this year but had injuries.”
Bayless is signed for two more years, though, and the 76ers likely envision Simmons as a point forward for stretches when he is healthy enough to play. Between that the emergence of T.J. McConnell, it’s hard to see where Rodriguez would’ve fit into the rotation.
Rodriguez should have a more defined, regular role the in the Euroleague where he won an MVP award during the 2013-14 season while playing with Real Madrid. He was a star overseas and will be able to get regular playing time with his new team, something that likely wasn’t going to happen if he returned to the NBA on a short-term deal.
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